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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs The Untold Story of a Lost World

Cataclysmic extinction and startling living legacy Captivating and revelatory The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a book for the agesBrusatte 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 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 Now that I am an expert on dinosaurslol not even close to being an expert but I did learn a lot from this book For instance new species of dinosaurs are still being discovered they weren t always big and about the big bangmeteor which ended their reign on earthMy interest in dinosaurs occurred the same way that most people s interest was piued Through museum visits and television Land of the Lost anyone My sister and I loved watching it on Saturday mornings we were especially excited when the T Rex made its appearance Then there was Jurassic Park which knocked it out of the ballpark with the sound effects and frightening scenes of dinosaurs being welldinosaursbecause as Jeff Goldblum so elouently put it life finds a wayLife did find a way for millions of years Brusatte writes about them in this book He begins at the beginning literally and gives a glimpse into what their last moments might have been like He details changes both environmental geographical and physiological These prehistoric ancestors to some of our modern day animals have intrigued man since fossils have been discovered Many uestions have been answered while others are still out there Theories on their demise have been around since their fossils have been discovered This isn t just a book about dinosaurs it is also a book about Brusatte s career his friends the excavations he was on and other scientistspaleontologists he knows Most of this I didn t mind I love when people are excited about what they do I interpreted most of it as him showing how he learned and who he worked with in the field Did I need to know who went drinking with who after a fossil discovery not really but I didn t mind it It was a day and a night in the life of a paleontologist I recall how excited I was as child finding a fossil of a shell in a rock I can only imagine how exciting it must be to actually find a dinosaur fossil let alone a brand new one This is a pretty meaty book as it holds a lot of information He knows his stuff and and showcases his chapters with pictures and drawings This is not a book someone can speed read through But it was enlightening and entertaining at the same time This book is full of facts but with the facts does come some conjecture The Author is full of knowledge and shares it in a very readable manner I found this book to be interesting and learned a lot than I ever did in school

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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 beforeIn this captivating narrative enlivened with than seventy original illustrations and photographs 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 scientific studies and 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 I love dinosaurs I have an early memory of being at nursery school and always running straight for the plastic dinosaurs at playtime I was a dinosaur hog The Land Before Time was one of my favourite movies I watched Jurassic Park and had a recurring nightmare about a TRex trying to attack our houseThey are so fascinating Unbelievably huge reptiles that roamed the entire planet Not only that but it s so strange that we regard them as something of a failed species Dinosaurs were around for 150 million years The homo genus is only about 25 million years old and homo sapiens have been around for a measly 300000 years Perhaps less You think we have another 150 million years in usSo yeah I love dinosaursProblem is I just couldn t stand Brusatte s writing He obviously knows his stuff about dinosaurs but I thought he made the potentially fascinating information very dry And that s just when he s sticking to the subject It gets far worse when he goes on long tangents about himself name dropping the people he s met and worked with Unless it s a female paleontologist in which case who You mean whatsisname s wifeI usually like it when non fiction writers put a little something of themselves into their writing It adds some personality and pulls you along for the journey such as in Skloot s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks But it helps if the writer isn t um annoying Brusatte just comes across as a self important nerd There s too much about him and it isn t enjoyable to readBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube

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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 from ChinaAn 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 co Unlike many people I ve never been fascinated by dinosaurs I don t recall learning about them as a child though perhaps I did and my interest wasn t piued enough to remember I think my only exposure to them was via the cartoon The Flintstones I didn t get much of a science education as a child but as an adult science all areas that I ve learned about is one of my favourite subjects and my favourite type of book to read So it s a bit odd that I didn t feel compelled to read or learn about dinosaurs until now Prior to its publication whilst preparing a book order for my library and reading about it I knew it was one I would want to read When it arrived and I saw its cover I was entranced and almost bumped it ahead in my TBR list It s better to prolong the anticipation of something good though so I waited until it came up next in my TBR list to read it Wow oh wow I can see why this won the Goodreads Choice Award 2018 for Science The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs A New History of a Lost World is an utterly fascinating and absorbing read Stephen Brusatte is a paleontologist who specializes in the evolution of dinosaurs In this book he brings his vast knowledge of all things dinosaur to us With the latest research at his fingertips he discusses how and why dinosaurs came to rule the Earth He details the evolution and anatomy of many of the species in my prior ignorance I assumed there were only around 25 or so species most notably T Rex and Brontosaurus I was amazed to learn that we know of over 700 different species of dinosaurs Incredible I had no clue that most dinosaurs probably had feathers or that they came in a rainbow of colours sometimes iridescent and we can tell from fossils what those colours were even though the fossils themselves lack pigment We learn that wings probably first evolved as a display feature to attract mates and frighten enemies and only gradually and accidentally evolved into something that would enable flight We learn that a teenage T Rex would have gained on average 5 pounds a day in order to reach its vast size I hope they weren t as weight conscious as humans teensMr Brussatte doesn t just tell us about dinosaurs but also about the world they thrived in so very different from the earth humans have always called home There is so much information on Pangea its climate and eventual breaking apart that I found extremely interesting He paints such a vivid picture of the world the dinosaurs inhabited He tells the story of what the dinosaurs would have experienced in the moments after the asteroid or comet struck 65 million year ago ending the Cretaceous period and the reign of the dinosaurs He tells us why and how these great and diverse creatures went extinct except for birds and why some mammals survived when the dinosaurs could not He tells us the story of how a scientist named Walter Alvarez figured out that an asteroid or comet had struck the earth and was responsible for the dinosaurs extinction It was all so very captivatingThese topics and so many others are discussed in this book and I think it will be of interest to many people It s written for the lay person and one obviously does not need to have prior knowledge of dinosaurs in order to understand and enjoy this book I went from no interest in and little knowledge of these creatures to now wanting to become an amateur fossil hunter Kudos to Stephen Brusatte for writing such a brilliant book


About the Author: Stephen Brusatte

Steve Brusatte is a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh and a specialist on the evolution of dinosaurs He has traveled the world digging up dinosaurs named over 15 new species including the tyrannosaur 'Pinocchio rex' and published ground breaking studies on the origin and extinction of dinosaurs He has a Bachelor's from the University of Chicago a Master's from the University of



10 thoughts on “The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs The Untold Story of a Lost World

  1. says:

    I love dinosaurs I have an early memory of being at nursery school and always running straight for the plastic dinosaurs at playtime I was a dinosaur hog The Land Before Time was one of my favourite movies I watched Jurassic Park and had a recurring nightmare about a TRex trying to attack our houseThey are so fascinating Unbelievably huge reptiles that roamed the entire planet Not only that but it's so strang

  2. says:

    Image from the Smithsonian Hope A Tyrannosaurus Rex is a thing with feathers Emily Dickinson Steve Brusatte Wait what You’re kidding right Say it ain’t so Well there is some disagreement about this among paleontologists but according to Steve Brusatte while they may not have matched up to Marc Bolan in a boa and the feathers in uestion were maybe like porcupine uills than the fluffy sort of plumage one m

  3. says:

    Another ambivalent three stars for a book that has two strands of highly varying success in my opinionThe good part of the book is the clear and vivid writing about dinosaurs I particularly liked learning new things about dinosaur li

  4. says:

    I loved the parts about dinosaurs Fun facts history evidence and speculation on behavior recent discoveries distribution

  5. says:

    Now that I am an expert on dinosaurslol not even close to being an expert but I did learn a lot from this book Fo

  6. says:

    If like me you were a kid during the Jurassic Park era you know that the new generations have an interest in dinosaurs which is ten hundred times less than we had in the 1990s At the time dinosaurs were everywher

  7. says:

    Unlike many people I've never been fascinated by dinosaurs I don't recall learning about them as a child though perhaps I did and my interest wasn't piued enough to remember I think my only exposure to them was via the cartoon The Flintstones I didn't get much of a science education as a child but as an adult science all areas that I've learned about is one of my favourite subjects and my favourite type of book to read So it's a bit odd th

  8. says:

    Steve Brusatte takes the reader deep inside his extensive research as a palaeontologist to explore the world during the time

  9. says:

    55 for the informational sections about dinosaurs 15 for the autobiographical sections about the author’s academicresearch career in which he comes off as a sexist narcissist Gross Overall read the sections about the dinosaurs and skip the parts about his personal experiences I listened to the audiobook so I couldn’t skim the awful masturbatory memoir stuff which I found unfortunate Every time he mentions a

  10. says:

    I was a dinosaur obsessed kid I watched the entire Land Before Time series many many times and would rewatch BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs so often that I can still uote large segments of it verbatim despite not hav

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