"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 Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World Reviews
Ever since I was a child I've had a love of dinosaurs. In my teenage years, my fascination dwindled - only to be rekindled when I entered university. My biggest difficulty lay in finding detailed, in-depth, scientific explorations of dinosaurs that weren't simply encyclopedias with out-of-date illustrations and a few facts about each dinosaur (because that is what is most common in a book about dinosaurs).
When I saw this book available for Pre-Order I was immediately interested and marked its re ...more
All-around excellent piece of scientific storytelling that lays out a high-level view of the latest in dinosaurs evolution and biology in clear, engaging prose. Strong recommend.
What a great book. Steve’s enthusiasm shines through in his writing; keeping the chapters interesting and engrossing. His storytelling skills are superb. I recommend this book to any lover of science and dinosaurs.
48th book for 2018.
My three-year-old daughter loves dinosaurs. So I have gradually trying upgrade my pretty antiquated knowledge by reading a few books. This is by far the best general introduction I have come across, and confirms by belief that working scientists (if they can write) make for far superior authors of popular science books than journalists.
Brusatte offers a fascinating paleo-history of the reign of the dinosaurs, from their beginnings in the Triassic, their rise to dominance in t ...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
Another ambivalent three stars for a book that has two strands of highly varying success in my opinion.
The good part of the book is the clear and vivid writing about dinosaurs. I particularly liked learning new things about dinosaur-like creatures that lived among them but happen to fall outside the classification, and reasons why dinosaurs could evolve to be absolutely gigantic (those big sauropods) or fly. I liked reading about the nomenclature of new and unusual finds (it's not all Latin anym ...more
Dinosaurs, those magical, awesome beings who populated the earth long before man. Where did they come from? How and where did they flourish and what ultimately happened to them?
Part memoir, part mystery, mostly history and science and all of it fascinating. Brusatte outlines the confluence of events in the universe that conspired in the evolution of dinosaurs. He vividly describes their life on the planet and how they behaved. He gives us an understanding of the variety of dinosaurs and the peri ...more
I have not lost my fascination with dinosaurs or indeed any of the animals that once lived eons ago on our planet since age 7 when i began writing a book, with my own illustrations, for my younger sister. I still have it. I would have liked more illustrations of the lesser (newer) dinosaurs that B. mentions though I could find them through googling. One of the aspects that I liked was his identification of current dinosaur researchers all around the world. B.'s explains the new discoveries about ...more