John Pickrell

John Pickrell is a freelance writer based in Sydney. He was a science writing intern at Science News in 2002.

All Stories by John Pickrell

  1. Paleontology

    Deep caves are a rich source of dinosaur prints for this paleontologist

    Several deep caves in France are proving to be a surprising source of dinosaur tracks.

  2. Animals

    Dancing peacock spiders turned an arachnophobe into an arachnologist

    Just 22, Joseph Schubert has described 12 of 86 peacock spider species. One with a blue and yellow abdomen is named after Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

  3. Great Barrier Reef aerial survey
    Life

    The Great Barrier Reef is suffering its most widespread bleaching ever recorded

    Major bleaching events are recurring with increasing frequency on the Great Barrier Reef, hindering its recovery.

  4. Queensland Australia wildfire
    Ecosystems

    Will Australia’s forests bounce back after devastating fires?

    Intense bushfires that have blazed down Australia’s eastern coast could have long-lasting effects on the continent’s unique plants and animals.

  5. pterosaur trying to eat squid illustration
    Paleontology

    A squid fossil offers a rare record of pterosaur feeding behavior

    150 million years ago, a pterosaur attempted to snatch a squid from the ocean surface and lost a tooth in the process.

  6. Rescuer with koala
    Animals

    Australian fires have incinerated the habitats of up to 100 threatened species

    Hundreds of fires that are blazing across the continent’s southeast have created an unprecedented ecological disaster, scientists say.

  7. mammal skulls
    Life

    Remarkable fossils capture mammals’ recovery after the dino-killing asteroid

    A fossil-rich site in Colorado is revealing how mammals rebounded and flourished after an asteroid strike 66 million years ago.

  8. saber-toothed cat skulls
    Paleontology

    Fossils reveal saber-toothed cats may have pierced rivals’ skulls

    Two Smilodon fossil skulls from Argentina have puncture holes likely left by the teeth of rival cats.

  9. Mussaurus patagonicus
    Paleontology

    This early sauropod went from walking on four legs to two as it grew

    A new computer analysis shows how Mussaurus patagonicus' center of gravity changed as the dinosaur grew.

  10. Smilodon hunting
    Paleontology

    Saber-toothed cats were fierce and family-oriented

    New details shift the debate on whether Smilodon lived and hunted in packs, and answer questions about other behaviors and abilities.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Federal Government Launches Organic Standards

  12. Earth

    Air-Pollution Pileup: Mediterranean endures emissions from afar

    Although most Mediterranean countries aren't big polluters, the area is a crossroads for pollution-carrying air currents from Europe, Asia, and North America.