The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

A New History of A Lost World

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A sweeping narrative scientific history that tells the epic story of the dinosaurs, examining their origins, their habitats, their extinction, and their living legacy.
"The dinosaurs. Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth's most fearsome creatures vanished. Today they remain one of our planet's 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, Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field--naming fifteen new species and leading groundbreaking fieldwork--masterfully 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. Brusatte traces the evolution of dinosaurs from their inauspicious start as small shadow dwellers--themselves the beneficiaries of a mass extinction caused by volcanic eruptions at the beginning of the Triassic period--into the dominant array of species every wide-eyed child memorizes today, T. rex, Triceratops, Brontosaurus, and more. He re-creates the dinosaurs' peak during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, 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, 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 earth's 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 research--which he calls 'a new golden age of discovery'--and 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. 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."-- Book jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062490421
0062490427
Branch Call Number: 567.9 B9121r 2018
Characteristics: 404 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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Sastez1
Feb 26, 2019

Fantastic!! Excellent book on what we think we know about dinosaurs; their conquest of the world and demise. What I liked most was how Brusatte explains how we know what we know. Best book I've read on this topic so far. Well written and entertaining too. Highly recommended.

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dwaynehoover
Nov 15, 2018

Paleontologist Steve Brusatte tells the grand story of the dinosaurs with an expert’s eye for the meaningful details that bring the big picture to life. Equally on display is his fan’s passion for these charismatic megafauna. We get the narrative of the dinosaurs’ evolution, geologic tours of ancient Earth, profiles of fossil hunters and their discoveries, and first-hand accounts of paleontology in the field. The big topics are well covered – how did the reign of dinosaurs begin, how were they able to grow so big, how do we know that birds are modern dinosaurs, is the asteroid strike the full story of the dinosaurs’ extinction? Fascinating lesser topics are covered like how did a teenage T. rex differ from the adult version, and why did wings originally evolve if not for flight? We learn how the understanding of dinosaurs continues to grow and change with new fossil discoveries, and research techniques like morphological disparity and digital modeling. Brusatte is an excellent guide on a journey covering more than 200 million years.

SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Oct 31, 2018

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 reads like an academic text. 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, worshiping paleontologists (who would later become his mentors and colleagues) like rock stars.

I swooned over the sauropods. Those gentle giants, with their lumbering bodies and birdlike lungs, have always been my favorite dinosaurs. I had no idea that they died off before the mass extinction of the Cretaceous, though. I also didn't know that some tyrannosaurs had feathers; not for flying, but for warmth or display. The book is full of tidbits like this.

The chapter about the mass extinction is wonderfully written. It's violent and heartbreaking. I was so affected that I was tempted to skim through the grim details. I'm glad I didn't, as this is a testament to the book's strength. A paleontologist will already know much of the information Brusatte shares, but for the average person with an interest in dinosaurs, it's simply a fantastic read.

JohnK_KCMO May 14, 2018

An eminently readable and sweeping account of the origins, flourishing, and eventual extinction of most (but not all) of the dinosaurs. It's a welcome summary of our current best understanding of how dinosaurs lived. An excellent entry point for anyone interested in the subject. A rousing state of the union for existing enthusiasts. Brusatte's passion for the subject is infectious and makes this book a joy to read. He covers not just the history of the dinosaurs but also the history of our discoveries and beliefs, laying out the path we took for paleontology to get where it is today. It's thorough and accessible, comprehensive but not overwhelming. One of the best pop-sci books of the year.

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naturalist
Mar 11, 2018

Stephen Louis Brusatte PhD 1984-
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_L._Brusatte
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https://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/people?indv=3505

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