Some years ago I began following the blog of an undergraduate at Rutgers who split his posts between descriptions of work in paleontology and his problems getting a major put together in his preferred field of study. Over the years it has been a real pleasure to watch as Brian Switek, the author of Laelaps (first on Wordpress, later ScienceBlogs and finally on Wired’s network) grew as an up and coming science writer and as a person.
Brian’s first book, Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and our Place in Nature is coming out on December 1, and NCSE has an excerpt. Sadly, it’s not (yet?) available for my Nook (or for the Kindle) so I guess I’ll have to wait a while to read the whole book.
Hat tip to Adrian Thysse.