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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of Their Lost World

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  7,178 ratings  ·  1,224 reviews
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 Brusatt
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published April 24th 2018)
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Terry Enright I think a well read Junior High Schooler could get through. There are many Dinosaur names that are tongue twisters and will slow you down, but the…more I think a well read Junior High Schooler could get through. There are many Dinosaur names that are tongue twisters and will slow you down, but the concepts are well explained and some of the science was from 2017 so it's pretty up to date.(less)
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Emily May
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 2018
I love dinosaurs.

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
Will Byrnes
Image from the Smithsonian
Hope A Tyrannosaurus Rex is a thing with feathers.
----- Emily Dickinson Steve Brusatte
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
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, science, review-copy
Another ambivalent three stars for a book that has two strands of highly varying success in my opinion.

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
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the parts about dinosaurs. Fun facts, history, evidence and speculation on behavior, recent discoveries, distribution as the continents divided and spread out. It's a compact assessable update on dinosaurs large and small. Oh, just another coelophysis, no this is something new!

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.
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If, like me, you were a kid during the Jurassic Park era, you know that the new generations have an interest in dinosaurs which is ten hundred times less than we had in the 1990s. At the time, dinosaurs were everywhere: on TV, on our first computers, in video games, even in cereal boxes. Sometimes I can't help but being flabbergasted by the notion that today's kindergartners don't know what a dyplodocus is, or exactly how tall and heavy a brontosaurus was.

Of course, my notions about dinosaurs a
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, science
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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
Robin Bonne
5/5 for the informational sections about dinosaurs. 1/5 for the autobiographical sections about the author’s academic/research career in which he comes off as a sexist narcissist. Gross.

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
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I was a dinosaur obsessed kid. I watched the entire Land Before Time series, many many times, and would rewatch BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs so often that I can still quote large segments of it verbatim despite not having watched it for over a decade.

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

Many thanks to William Morrow for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

I never liked dinosaurs. There I said it. As a young boy, I hated anything that could be associated with "boys", "men" or "masculinity". Not in a sexist way. I just had undiagnosed gender dysphoria. But that's not what I am here to talk about today.

Even though I don't have much interest in dinosaurs, I still enjoyed this book. Mind you, that isn't because I understood a single word of what he was saying but becau
Jan 18, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Fun 🦖 dinosaur 🦕 hunting tales old and new told in a light and airy style. A decent explanation of the shaky advent of dinosaurs in the early Triassic, which I didn’t know. Then around 220 million years ago, we move into the splitting up of Pangea and the long season of volcanic activity, say, 20,000,000 years, during which many non-dino species were wiped out. This was the big opportunity dinosaurs had been waiting for. What the book provides is the long chronology of dinosaurs and their appear ...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
Clif Hostetler
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
This book not only provides an overview of the current state of dinosaur research but also a history of paleontology and the characters who have worked in the field. It is a rapidly expanding field.
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
Michelle Curie
I love dinosaurs. How insane is it to think that millions ago, those creates roamed the same lands we inhabit today? It is an idea that has fascinated me as a kid watching Disney's Dinosaur and (of course) Jurassic Park as much as it does today as an adult, getting excited about books by paleontologists like Steve Brusatte.

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
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a fun look at the development and world of the dinosaurs. Stephen Brusatte stated the interesting recent finds regarding dinosaurs and speculated, from the evidence, what their world could have been like. The section of what happened when the asteroid hit Earth was frightening. Those poor beasts.
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
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Amazon audible edition of the book read by Patrick Lawlor.

Well done history with some of the dirty laundry of the fossil collecting world. New, at least to me, information on dinosaur biology including how their lungs worked (like birds), lightweight bones, and feathers and pre-feathers. Well done science on a level that most can follow.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The actual pop science part of this book is OK - a reasonably readable account of recent developments and discoveries in the sciences bearing of the history of the dinosaurs. If it had been edited to that level, it could have been a solid 3 stars.

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
Melissa Stewart
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s not easy to put scientists’ current understanding of the whole dinosaur world into perspective, but this book accomplishes that feat beautifully. The narrative writing style is so friendly and accessible that readers can sit back and enjoy the ride as Brusatte takes us on a captivating chronological tour of the Mesozoic—the Age of Reptiles—beginning about 250 million years ago and ending 66 million years ago with the famous asteroid (or comet) impact that wiped out all the dinosaurs except ...more
K.J. Charles
A mostly very readable account of modern palaeontology, especially some of the incredibly clever ways people are researching them. Gives a really vivid picture of the Mesozoic world and its creatures as moving, eating, breeding things. Some great history of the science too, if a bit laddish at points in the insistent "hey we drink beer we definitely aren't nerds".

I don't know whether at this point in human history it's comfortable or not to reflect that the earth has seen multiple animal kingdo
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
This book is wonderful! I loved how this book was written that everyone can understand it. I feel that will help draw folks to the science world. I borrow this book from the library. However, I plan to buy it and will read this again. I learned so much! At the last moment, I decided to prolong finishing the book. This book is one that you do not want to end. All of my above reasons are why I give this book 5 stars. I recommend this book to science lovers, history lovers, and those that want to l ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2018-read
I caught the dino bug when I was probably seven years old, and have never stopped being utterly entranced by these amazing creatures. Much of what I learned as a child about the big lizards has since been refuted by new fossils, better analysis, and new research. Stephen Brusatte caught the dino bug when he was young and became a vertebrate paleontologist. His passion comes through loud and clear in this book, as he takes his readers from ancient history to the end of most dinosaurs on this plan ...more
Zachary F.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Like many kids, I went through a major dinosaur phase. My bedroom was dinosaur-themed, I memorized a whole slew of lengthy Latinate species names with their corresponding attributes, and I toted around a humongous book of dinosaurs (entitled The Humongous Book of Dinosaurs ) until it was tattered and dog-eared. I'm not so obsessed now, but I still get excited when I imagine the fantastical menagerie of creatures that used to populate our planet, and I think it's kind of weird and sad that such ...more
Those darn dinosaurs.

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
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, non-fiction
As with most people I went through a dinosaur phase as a kid where I could list off a list of Latin and Greek scientific names of extinct reptiles that was around ten times longer than the list of politicians I'd ever heard of. I got to go through the same thing when my kids went through the phase as well and I got all caught up with things like Walking With Dinosaurs and its ilk. Which is all a round-about way of saying that I thought of myself as being fairly well-informed about paleontology, ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been 20 years since my youngest son was 8-years old and obsessed with ‘all things dinosaur’. There have been amazing breakthroughs in our knowledge regarding dinosaurs; and with the advent of grandsons, it was clearly time for me to ‘up my game’!
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
Peter Tillman
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: at-bg-pa, sci-tech
Off to a good start. I prefer to read pop-science books written by scientists, and Brusatte is a young, working vertebrate paleontologist at the Univ. of Edinburgh. Like all of us, he caught the dino bug when he was a kid. Unlike most, he made a career of it, and it's been an interesting one. Dino books are generally written by seniors, so it's fun to see one of the "young guns" take up the pen (or computer). Brusatte is an adequate writer, which is fine, since he's got some great stories to tel ...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
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, nonfiction
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
I dinosauri non si sono estinti*, e sono ancora tra noi.
I dinosauri si sono estinti*, e può succedere anche a noi.


Da questo meraviglioso libro (al momento sta sul podio 2019) queste due grandi verità si impongono.
Lo studio della morfologia-geologia-etcgia del nostro pianeta (il pianetino che crediamo di dominare e su cui stiamo facendo esperimenti a dir poco sconsiderati) e dei suoi abitanti aiuta ad avere una visione prospettica un po’ meno antropocentrica.
I dinosauri sono arrivati ai gi
Gorab Jain
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gorab by: Jaya
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction
How I wish there was a time machine and I could go back and experience the dinosaurs live in action - off course from a safe spot!
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
Even though I love dinosaurs, I don't really read science books...ever. So, I was surprised I liked this book, let alone finished it. It was quite informative, especially for those, like me, who haven't been able to keep up with all of the findings in this subject for the last couple of decades. I think I liked this book because it was part memoir as well as science. The author has a sense of humor, and is only three years older than me, so his pop culture and generation comments were right on p ...more
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Steve Brusatte is a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh and a specialist on the evolution of dinosaurs. He has traveled the world digging up dinosaurs, named over 15 new species (including the tyrannosaur 'Pinocchio rex'), and published ground-breaking studies on the origin and extinction of dinosaurs. He has a Bachelor's from the University of Chicago, a Master's from the University of ...more
“Dinosaurs had been around for over 150 million years when their time of reckoning came. They had endured hardships, evolved superpowers like fast metabolisms and enormous size, and vanquished their rivals so that they ruled an entire planet…
Then, literally, in a split second, it ended.”
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