The Rise And Fall Of The Dinosaurs: A New History Of A Lost World by Steve BrusatteThe Rise And Fall Of The Dinosaurs: A New History Of A Lost World by Steve Brusatte

The Rise And Fall Of The Dinosaurs: A New History Of A Lost World

bySteve Brusatte

Paperback | April 24, 2018

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"THE ULTIMATE DINOSAUR BIOGRAPHY," hails Scientific American: A thrilling new history of the age of dinosaurs, from one of our finest young scientists.

A New York Times Bestseller • Goodreads Choice Awards WINNER

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Smithsonian, NPR Science Friday, The Times (London), Popular Mechanics, Science News, Library Journal, Booklist, and Chicago Public Library

"A masterpiece of science writing." —Washington Post

"This is scientific storytelling at its most visceral, striding with the beasts through their Triassic dawn, Jurassic dominance, and abrupt demise in the Cretaceous." —Nature

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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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.

Includes 75 images, world maps of the prehistoric earth, and a dinosaur family tree.

Title:The Rise And Fall Of The Dinosaurs: A New History Of A Lost WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.04 inPublished:April 24, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062844660

ISBN - 13:9780062844668

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dino-Great! Current book on the latest dinosaur research and what lessons are to be gleaned for humanity’s own survival. Great accessible book for today’s readers that provides a peak into the past that I assure you is definitely not fossilized. One of the year’s best books!
Date published: 2018-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! A fascinating read. Extremely interesting and very well written.
Date published: 2018-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read Well put together book, very informative and educational.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Sweeping Epic with Infectious Enthusiasm With an infectious enthusiasm akin to a 6 year old telling you their favourite dinosaur facts, Steve Brusatte takes the reader on an epic journey. He starts at the very beginning of the proto-dinosaurs, to the upheavals that led to their supremacy and fiery downfall. He examines what we know about the dinosaurs, how we know it, and who was responsible for those discoveries. Brusatte writes with clarity, giving an accessible narrative that, unlike the fossils he writes about, is not dry and dusty. He engages the reader and reminds us of the power of dinosaurs that has held us in awe since we have been finding their fossils. Threaded throughout the book are climate upheavals. The first helped the proto-dinosaurs escape from the shadows, the next established their supremacy, the final cut them down in their prime. Brusatte looks deep into Earth's history to remind us of the huge upheavals that take place when the climate changes. Life manages to find a way, but not always as expected. What will change because of our current changing climate?
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An instant hit I walked in the door with this book a few weeks ago and it wasn't in the house for 5 minutes before my boyfriend stole it and decided he was going to read it. This was fine, but he loved it so much that he read half the book out loud to me. I haven't had a chance to sit down and read it myself yet, but he won't stop talking about how wonderful it was. He even gave a mock lecture on dinosaurs to our friends after reading it.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Science and evolution 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 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, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy. Captivating and revelatory, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a book for the ages.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the book We are always drawn into new info on Dinos this one did not disappoint us good new info
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My son loves it I bought this book for my dino loving son, it's a big fan, it's a bit of a longer read but he is still plugging away
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable survey Brusatte weaves his personal story as a paleontologist into a grand narrative of dinosaur history—a history that is not over. I enthusiastically recommend it.
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dinosaurs live on! Great book! Age suitability would depend on the individual. I know a 6 year old who would totally understand and enjoy this book. The info about the book on the website actually mentions the Brontosaurus, however it has been discovered that it is actually a Brachiosaurus.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting If you ever wanted to read an in depth look at the world of dinosaurs then you needn't look any further than this book.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This is a fantastic book about the age of the dinosaurs.
Date published: 2018-05-01

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“The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a biography of these magnificent lost beings and their world.”