"THE ULTIMATE DINOSAUR BIOGRAPHY,"hails Scientific American: A sweeping andrevelatory new history of the age of dinosaurs, from one of our finest young scientists."This is scientific storytelling at its most visceral, striding with the beasts through their Triassic dawn, Jurassic dominance, and abrupt demise in the Cretaceous." NatureThe dinosaurs. Sixty-six million years ago, the Earths most fearsome creatures vanished. Today they remain one of our planets great mysteries. Now The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs reveals their extraordinary, 200-million-year-long story as never before.In this captivating narrative (enlivened with more than seventy original illustrations and photographs),Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the fieldnaming fifteen new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldworkmasterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy. Captivating and revelatory, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a book for the ages.Brusatte traces the evolution of dinosaurs from their inauspicious start as small shadow dwellersthemselves the beneficiaries of a mass extinction caused by volcanic eruptions at the beginning of the Triassic periodinto the dominant array of species every wide-eyed child memorizes today, T. rex, Triceratops, Brontosaurus, and more. This gifted scientist and writer re-creates the dinosaurs peak during the Jurassic and Cretaceous, when thousands of species thrived, and winged and feathered dinosaurs, the prehistoric ancestors of modern birds, emerged. The story continues to the end of the Cretaceous period, when a giant asteroid or comet struck the planet and nearly every dinosaur species (but not all) died out, in the most extraordinary extinction event in earths history, one full of lessons for today as we confront a sixth extinction.Brusatte also recalls compelling stories from his globe-trotting expeditions during one of the most exciting eras in dinosaur researchwhich he calls a new golden age of discoveryand offers thrilling accounts of some of the remarkable findings he and his colleagues have made, including primitive human-sized tyrannosaurs; monstrous carnivores even larger than T. rex; and paradigm-shifting feathered raptors from China.An electrifying scientific history that unearths the dinosaurs epic saga, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs will be a definitive and treasured account for decades to come....
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The BEST dinosaur biography since Bakker's the Dinosaur Heresies. A must-own.
I've never read a book this long faster than this.
This book really is a triumph. I have been obsessed with dinosaurs since I was 10 and this book came at a time where I was beginning to rekindle that interest. The author has breathed life into a world that is still outdated in many people's minds - dinosaurs are seen as large scaly monsters that were evolutionary deadends. This couldn't be more false - dinosaurs are among the most successful animals to ever walk this planet, and are still aroun ...more
I was a dinosaur kid. I memorized the names of my favorite dinosaurs and one of my favorite books was Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Reptiles, a Giant Golden Book first published in the 1960s.
There is a wealth of information in this book! It never read like an academic text, though. This is pure pop science and narrative nonfiction, baby. Stephen Brusatte knows his stuff, and he clearly has a passion for dinosaurs. I liked hearing him discuss his years as a nerdy, dinosaur-loving teenager, wors ...more
If you're in the market for an expertly written but approachable guide to all things dinosaurs, this is your book. Author and paleontologist Steve Brusatte has written a scientific narrative that effectively spans the entire career of the dinosaurs on this planet, and he makes this story both understandable and legitimately exciting for all non-paleontologist readers. What's more, he paints a vivid and extremely entertaining picture of the blood, sweat, and tears that have been shed (literally) ...more
For me that word is enough to at least flip through the pages of a book. Brusatte's work can be easily considered as a layman's guide to dinosaurs. Really enjoyed the almost casual and anecdotal narrative by the author, made me feel less dumb for not knowing anything "scientific" about the species. Quite remarkable how fast I finished reading this one, considering that I take lot more time reading non-fics. It was definitely a hard-to-put-down/away kind of a book.
I liked how the autho ...more
Easily one of the best and most up to date books with the newest info available. it's refreshing to have more information than the same old stuff circulating. now if we could get an updated dino documentary on tv...
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It both fascinated and educated me, and had enough storytelling woven into the facts to keep me riveted. If you are a fan of dinosaurs, science, history, scientists, geology, and - Of course - paleontology, you'll find this to be a worthwhile read.
I just read this book. I cannot recommend it enough. It is a well written, well researched, enjoyable book. It ties personal stories of fieldwork and his scientist friends with a factual, scientific, complete story of dinosaurs. His discussions on evolution are clear and to the point. Dr. Brusatte explains what is known and what is still unknown in the world of dinosaurs. I think scientists would enjoy this book, and I know the lay person will benefit greatly from reading it. I am recommending ...more