This is one of those books that leaped off the shelve at me. I was walking down an aisle in the library that I never get anything from when my head whThis is one of those books that leaped off the shelve at me. I was walking down an aisle in the library that I never get anything from when my head whipped around to zero in on this one. I cracked it open as soon as I got home, and barely put it down. I was constantly sharing facts and anecdotes from the book with those around me.
As a boy I was always in the water, and would push myself to see how long I could stay under, how far I could go while down etc. Never having an exposure to actual deep water though (rivers and swimming pools) the idea of going down to the sub 40' level to truly feel the biological changes at that level I haven't experienced it. When out on my own I took scuba diving lessons but was really put off by the complication of all the gear and the removal from the actual connection to the water that I sought.
All the renegade science was very much up my alley too.
The typo in the first chapter where he said "miles" instead of "feet" is the reason it isn't getting 5 stars....more
The jacket cover makes this book out to be really uplifting and positive. I was hoping for a nature/environment book that wouldn't be glum and dishearThe jacket cover makes this book out to be really uplifting and positive. I was hoping for a nature/environment book that wouldn't be glum and disheartening. It didn't fully meet my expectations. I tell you though, that jacket cover giving me a little bit of hope that there would be some shining light at the end of the tunnel kept me reading through the grim facts, the details of multiple extinctions, the decimation of entire eco-systems around the world.
We're still here. We must all work not to forget what was, so we can make a what will be that lasts....more
Science keeps advancing it seems... all the world knew about dinosaurs when we were seven years old isn't all the world knows about dinosaurs when ourScience keeps advancing it seems... all the world knew about dinosaurs when we were seven years old isn't all the world knows about dinosaurs when our kids are nearing that age.
My interest in dinosaurs peaked when I was 7 or so (this book is aimed at a pre-teen I'd say too), but my interest in birds is high now. Presented with help of the scientific method, science journalist Christopher Sloan summaries for us the state of the birds as dinosaurs debate, featuring a number of fossils found in the last decade in China. Introducing me to a number of species whose names I still can't pronounce, we look at dino-fuzz and feathers, small vs. large dinos and investigate basal, primitive and early dinos and their connection to modern birds.
I felt like he's trying to fill in gaps that are really chasms, find connections between millions of years as if they are days, and in general conclude things that are inconclusive. That said, the pictures are really nice....more