The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World
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Wait, what? You’re kidding, right? Say it ain’t so. Well, there is some disagreement about this among paleontologists, but, according to Steve Brusatte, while they may not have matched up to Marc Bolan in a boa, and the feathers in question were maybe more like porcupine quills than the fluffy sort of plumage one might find on, say, an ostrich, those things poking out of the T. rex ...more
HopeA Tyrannosaurus Rex is a thing with feathers.
Emily DickinsonSteve Brusatte
I have an early memory of being at nursery school and always running straight for the plastic dinosaurs at playtime. I was a dinosaur hog. The Land Before Time was one of my favourite movies. I watched Jurassic Park and had a recurring nightmare about a T.Rex trying to attack our house.
They are so fascinating. Unbelievably huge reptiles that roamed the entire planet. Not only that, but it's so strange that we regard them as something of a failed species. Dinosaurs were around f ...more
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
I tuned out the sections of the author's personal experience. I wasn't interested. Based on other GR reviews, that's probably for the best.
Unlike many people, I've never been fascinated by dinosaurs. I don't recall learning about them as a child, though perhaps I did and my interest wasn't piqued enough to remember. I think my only exposure to them was via the cartoon The Flintstones. I didn't get much of a science education as a child but as an adult, science (all areas that I've learned about) is one of my favourite subjects and my favourite type of book to read. So it's a bit odd that I didn't feel compelled to read or learn abo ...more
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 didn't know about this book until it won the Goodreads Choice Award for best non-fiction in 2018, and I knew I had to read it. Even though my obsession with Dinosaurs has faded, I still find the humongous animals that roamed the earth we stand on ...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
Right now is the golden age of dinosaur research. Somebody, somewhere around the world, is finding a new species of dinosaur now, on average, once a week. So that’s 50-some new species a year, and that’s not a new bone or a new skeleton, that’s a totally new type of dinosaur that we never knew existe...more
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is an absolute joy to read and now possibly my favorite book on the subject. Brusatte specialized in the anatomy and evolution of dinosaurs ...more
There is some name dropping and a bit of "patting one self on the back" at one's brilliancy but then the top Scientists of all disciplines are brilliant, so perhaps that's an understood fact. No ...more
Unfortunately, there is a peculiar injection of personalities into this book, and unpleasant personalities at that - imagine a cross of Animal House with Raiders of the Lost Arc. I finished reading this book because of my interest in the science, but I ...more
If things had unfolded a little differently back then, who knows what the modern world would be like? It's like wondering what might have happened if the archduke was never shot.
The whole these-were-the-coolest-beings-that-ever-roamed-the-earth moniker has always made me a dino fan. The amazing variations of these huge oddballs have always been intriguing and this book does its best to piece everything together. Which is a very good thing, because there have been so many new ...more
Brusatte has written a highly readable account of those new advances. He is an enthusiastic fossil hunter that takes the reader around the world from Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch “bursting with dinosaur bones”; to Hell Creek, Montana—a Triceratop ...more
“The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs” - ідеально заспокійлива книжка для панікерів і тривожних фіалок. Автор думає, що це таке зловісне попередження – ми знаємо про кілька великих вимирань, коли зокрема внаслідок кліматичних змін види, які на той час вважалися панівними, зійшли зі сцени майже вмить, отже, це може статися і з нами також. Особисто мене, навпаки, дуже втішає думка, що за кілька мільйонів років по тому формується нова повноцінна екосистема, пристосована до нових умов, уже із новими г ...more
The rise and fall of the dinosaurs is an incredible story, of a time when giant beasts and other fantastic creatures made the world their own. They walked on the very ground below us, their fossils now entombed in rock – the clues that tell this story. To me, it's one of the greatest narratives in the history of our planet.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is thoroughly enjoyable pop science: author (and celebrated young paleontologist) Steve Brusatte uses his own learning journey to outline ...more
Reading through this book is that time machine.
What I loved:
- The science of deduction and simplistic narration, churning out facts from speculations.
- How the changes in world geography gave way to the evolution of dinosaurs?
- Why and how their bodies triggered and sustained the growth into giants?
- The evolutionary purpose of various body parts.
- The skin color and ...more
Imagine a huge jigsaw puzzle that has to pieced together. The challenge is that the pieces are found years apart and you have dedicated science heroes who try to ...more
Pirms sešdesmit pieciem miljoniem gadu dinozauri pazuda no zemes virsmas. Tas ļāva izvērsties zīdītājiem, un nu cilvēki cenšas salikt kopā dinozauru laiku vēsturi. Grāmatu ir sarakstījis viens no mūsdienu sla ...more
The author is a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh, although he was a native-born America from Chicago. He is a practicing scientist in the field, and has had several important discoveries attributed to him. Since the book was published this year, it is probably only about two years out of date on some key pieces of information. It is saved by having the word ‘history’ in the title. The aut ...more
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Then, literally, in a split second, it ended.”