"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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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
5/5 for the informational sections about dinosaurs. 1/5 for the autobiographical sections about the author’s academic/research 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 scientist, he turns it into a self-congratulating name drop. I wish the author ...more
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
This could have been good. Maybe. If the author had stuck to dinosaurs which he didn't when he basically had to mention every person he has ever met in paleontology or has touched paleontology in some way.
The first few chapters were definitely full of name dropping, mostly of male paleontologists. Female paleontologists were mentioned only if they were married to another paleontologist or just had their work mentioned while the men got full page biographies and accolades (and the overuse of cer ...more
Seriously disappointed. Basically I want an abridged version with the dinosaur bits and without the 'I'm so awesome everyone I know is so awesome we're the bestest and look how few icky girls come and play in the clubhouse while we drink beer' name dropping vibe. Because the facts and analysis where I could find them were interesting, but the tone made me want to chuck the book across the room so many times.
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
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