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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World
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Winner for Science & Technology

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs A New History of a Lost World by Stephen Brusatte

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Stephen Brusatte

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.


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My library hold came in for this one. I plan to start it next week. Anyone else reading it this month?


Jenna | 92 comments I just got a copy from my library as well and also have the audio from overdrive so I’ll be giving it a chance. I’m not sure it’s going to be my thing because I’ve never been all that interested in dinosaurs, but we’ll see.


Michelle (mich2689) | 129 comments I’ll be reading it this month too. I’m currently finishing up another book so I’ll probably start this one sometime next week. I already own a copy. It’s been on my TBR for a few months so I’m excited to start!


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I’m not 100% sold on this one either, but I want to give it a shot. I’m hoping for the best. I’ve had it as a ‘maybe read’ for a while now.


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I’m also finishing up another book, Michelle. We might be starting about the same time. I’m glad you’re excited for it. I hope some of your enthusiasm rubs off on me as we get started. I’m looking forward to trying it.


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Thereadingbell | 297 comments i will be reading this one too and i bought it and i am excited about it


Michelle (mich2689) | 129 comments I’ve always liked dinosaurs as a child so that’s probably why I’m excited.


Carol-Anne | 13 comments Really not what I would usually read, but I am on a mission to read all of the nominated books. Was kind of dreading it, but actually warmed to the subject and the narrator. Learnt a few interesting things I would never of known, and don't regret ploughing through this, even if it was a slower read than normal. I say give it a try, you might be surprised.


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Carol-Anne wrote: "Really not what I would usually read, but I am on a mission to read all of the nominated books. Was kind of dreading it, but actually warmed to the subject and the narrator. Learnt a few interestin..."

Are you reading just the winners or all the nominees as well? That's a lot of books.


Carol-Anne | 13 comments Hi Kristie! I am aiming for the winners and the additional monthly reads, probably wasn't clear about that. Although I do dip into the full too. Only joined Goodreads at the start of the year so when one of the books is a series, I obsessively start at the beginning so that has added some more on again. I have always read a lot but I can imagine this turning unhealthy haha!


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I don't think this book is going to be for me, at least not now. I am listening to the audio and I keep forgetting to listen. My mind just wanders to anything else. I'm about 16% of the way in and I can't really tell you anything he's talked about yet except tidbits. I may give up on this one. I have to admit that I can't say it's a bad book; it's just not interesting to me.


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Katy Mann | 278 comments Read the book recently and enjoyed it.


Michelle (mich2689) | 129 comments I found the book a little bit slow in the beginning but then it picked up. I learned some fascinating new things I didn’t know about dinosaurs.


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