My Beloved Brontosaurus: On The Road With Old Bones, New Science, And Our Favorite Dinosaurs

March 4, 2014|
My Beloved Brontosaurus: On The Road With Old Bones, New Science, And Our Favorite Dinosaurs by Brian Switek
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Dinosaurs, with their awe-inspiring size, terrifying claws and teeth, and otherworldly abilities, occupy a sacred place in our childhoods. They loom over museum halls, thunder through movies, and are a fundamental part of our collective imagination. In My Beloved Brontosaurus, the dinosaur fanatic Brian Switek enriches the childlike sense of wonder these amazing creatures instill in us. Investigating the latest discoveries in paleontology, he breathes new life into old bones.

Switek reunites us with these mysterious creatures as he visits desolate excavation sites and hallowed museum vaults, exploring everything from the sex life of Apatosaurus and T. rex's feather-laden body to just why dinosaurs vanished. (And of course, on his journey, he celebrates the book's titular hero, "Brontosaurus"-who suffered a second extinction when we learned he never existed at all-as a symbol of scientific progress.)

With infectious enthusiasm, Switek questions what we've long held to be true about these beasts, weaving in stories from his obsession with dinosaurs, which started when he was just knee-high to a Stegosaurus. Endearing, surprising, and essential to our understanding of our own evolution and our place on Earth, My Beloved Brontosaurus is a book that dinosaur fans and anyone interested in scientific progress will cherish for years to come.

Prologue: My Dinosaur Life1. Dragons of the Prime2. The Secret of Dinosaur Success3. Big Bang Theory4. The Dinosaurs, They Are a-Changin'5. Jurassic Thunder6. Dinosaur Society7. Dinosaur Feathers8. Hadrosaur Harmonics and Tyrannosaur Tastes9. In the Bones10. Dinosaurs UndoneEpilogue: My Beloved "Brontosaurus"
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Title:My Beloved Brontosaurus: On The Road With Old Bones, New Science, And Our Favorite DinosaursFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:272 pages, 8.22 X 5.49 X 0.72 inShipping dimensions:272 pages, 8.22 X 5.49 X 0.72 inPublished:March 4, 2014Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374534268

ISBN - 13:9780374534264

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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