"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
I enjoyed the smack out of this book. I, along with so many other kids, read all sorts of books about dinosaurs. Now this book has come along--a dino book for adults! (Wait--that sounds slightly saucy. I don't recall that Brusatte gets into the sex lives of dinosaurs. Those details may not arise until more adult paleontological science has occurred.)
Brusatte is a great verbal painter. He paints people, rocks, and dinosaurs quite well. I'm going to be thinking for some time about those air sacs i ...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 found this a highly-readable and informative account of the latest developments in dinosaur science. I was a massive dinosaur nerd as a kid and read a brilliant weekly dinosaur magazine for several years, but I haven't followed dinosaur developments since about 2000. This book brought me up to date with admirable clarity and brevity.
It essentially retells the natural history of the dinosaurs from their evolution to (partial) extinction. While all the key events and dinosaurs are discussed (T. ...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
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...
Those darn dinosaurs.
If things had unfolded a little differently back then, who knows what the modern world would be like? It's like wondering what might have happened if the archduke was never shot.
The whole these-were-the-coolest-beings-that-ever-roamed-the-earth moniker has always made me a dino fan. The amazing variations of these huge oddballs have always been intriguing and this book does its best to piece everything together. Which is a very good thing, because there have been so many new ...more
Very informative, well written, and an enjoyable read.
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.