Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist, has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field. In his new book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World, he 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, Brusatte showis us the spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy of these amazing creatures. This program is appropriate for budding palentologists and dinosaur fans of all ages. Don't miss this free, family-friendly event.
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. He re-creates the dinosaurs' peak during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, 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, 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-size tyrannosaurs; monstrous carnivores even larger than T. rex; and paradigm-shifting feathered raptors.
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.
"A must-have for fans of ancient reptiles and their lost world."--Kirkus Reviews
"The ultimate dinosaur biography. ... Riveting."--Scientific American
"Brusatte's mastery of his field, formidable explanatory powers and engaging style have combined to produce a masterpiece of science writing."--Washington Post
Steve Brusatte is a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh and a specialist on the evolution of dinosaurs. He has named fifteen new species and leads groundbreaking fieldwork--he helped identify Pinocchio rex as a tyrannosaur. Through his fieldwork he has discovered dinosaur fossils in many places around the world. Dr. Brusatte wrote Day of the Dinosaurs and Walking with Dinosaurs Encyclopedia. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
"THE ULTIMATE DINOSAUR BIOGRAPHY," hails Scientific American: A thrilling new history of the age of dinosaurs, from one of our finest young scientists.
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