The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: The Untold Story of a
I found the information presented in this book to be fascinating This is an absorbing scientific study which presents up to date discoveries and knowledge about dinosaurs and the facts should be accessible to any interested reader I admired Stephen Brusatte s writing style and his brilliant description of three eras of the earth the Triassic, Jurassic and the Cretaceous He describes shifting geological patterns, the landscapes, climate, and types of animal life during each stage He writes vivid scenes of the plant life and the dinosaurs roaming the earth or small creatures hiding away in burrows He draws a terrifying picture of a series of cataclysmic events at the close of the Cretaceous era which lead to the extinction of the dinosaurs.I still have the book The Dinosaur Heresies published in 1986 Dr.Robert Bakker presented a new way of thinking about dinosaurs His speculations were in collaboration with some paleontologists but stirred up a lot of controversy among others He considered dinosaurs to be not the slow, lumbering, cold blooded beasts, but warm blooded, quick and intelligent Far from a failure, they dominated the earth for 150 million years and suppressed the development of mammals The theory presented was that birds are the direct descendants of small carnivorous dinosaurs These dinosaurs had an advanced heart lung system like modern birds and the theory was they were warm blooded Previously dinosaurs had been classified as reptiles, but scientific thought removes them from that category The writer gives us some interesting bits about being a geeky boy obsessed with dinosaurs and later as a student of paleontology He describes his travels in pursuit of a greater understanding of dinosaurs, and to excavation sites where new types of dinosaurs were being discovered He has been criticized for name dropping about his encounters and works with other leading paleontologists, but I found he wrote about them with respect, praising them highly and giving them credit for their theories and discoveries I was impressed by how much the leading scientists in the field cooperate with one another He relates his travels to China in the 1990s when the first small raptor dinosaur fossils were discovered with feathers, and with bone and lung structures which indicate they are the direct ancestors of birds Further study has revealed that their feathers were brightly coloured and iridescent They had not evolved for flight as yet I saw a coloured illustration in the Smithsonian Magazine which showed a crow sized dinosaur with a rainbow of shiny feathers Its fossilized remains were found in China and the artistic reconstruction is quite beautiful.Recommended for readers interested in the history of the earth and past living creatures. The enthusiasm of the author shines out on every page of this excellent book.Some have called it popular science, but I think that it falls somewhere between that and a scientific paper that only an expert would understand It is not the easiest of reads because the descriptions of some of the dinosaurs needs the background knowledge of either a paleontology student or of a six year old dinosaur fanatic However, that does not diminish the pleasure of reading this book The at times overwhelming amount of information cannot be avoided, but once understood gives great satisfaction.I particularly liked the flights into imagination, which brought the dinosaurs to life Just enough to not affect the scholarly aspect of the book.The best thing about this book is, I feel, the level of explanation about how the dinosaurs were related to each other, why different dinosaurs are found in different parts of the world, and how technology is increasing our understanding.A thoroughly good read, but keep Google ready to call up pictures of the obscure creatures. The Times Science Book of the YearA Sunday Times Bestseller million years ago the dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the earth Today, Dr Steve Brusatte, one of the leading scientists of a new generation of dinosaur hunters, armed with cutting edge technology, is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs ruled the earth formillion yearsThe world of the dinosaurs has fascinated on book and screen for decades from early science fiction classics like The Lost World, to Godzilla terrorizing the streets of Tokyo, and the monsters of Jurassic Park But what if we got it wrong In The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, top dinosaur expert Brusatte, tells the real story of how dinosaurs rose to dominate the planet Using the fossil clues that have been gathered using state of the art technology, Brusatte follows these magnificent creatures from their beginnings in the Early Triassic period, through the Jurassic period to their final days in the Cretaceous and the legacy that they left behindAlong the way, Brusatte introduces us to modern day dinosaur hunters and gives an insight into what its like to be a paleontologist The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is full of thrilling accounts of some of his personal discoveries, including primitive human sized tyrannosaurs, monstrous carnivores even larger than T rex, and feathered raptor dinosaurs preserved in lava from China At a time when Homo sapiens has existed for less than , years and we are already talking about planetary extinction, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a timely reminder of what humans can learn from the magnificent creatures who ruled the earth before usThrilling the best book on the subject written for the general reader since the s The Sunday Times I enjoyed this book, mostly for the reasons I was expecting, but Brusatte writes a lot about his work as an paleontologist and collecting, collating and studying fossils and it provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of dinosaur study.I do think it perhaps goes a little too far into this though this is a book called The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs yet a great deal of it is autobiographical, which does let it down a little The anecdotes and colleague name dropping is a little off putting when you want to get immersed into the world of the Dinosaurs of which he is incredibly knowledgeable Nothing wrong with the autobiographical sections per se but perhaps it should be marketed this way so the reader has an idea that large sections of the book are personal stories. I really expected something different, something exciting, something new, but I found the book quite boring There are lots of mentions of his friends and tutors And lots of mentions of many dinosaurs species But in the end I was simply bored with the book I found nothing new, nothing unusual, nothing unexpected I don t really want to know about his friends and acquaintances I want to read about something I didn t know before Sorry, but I found it just boring 5 stars are largely deserved.Apart from the quality of the product, the binding, the quality paper, the cover, the quality of the print are all first class Two or three unimportant typos do not affect the oveall judgement.Concerning the content of the book, the author presents in a authoritative way a heap of information that, maybe, those who are trained in paleontology and dinosaurs will not find surprising but that to people interested in the topic will be unimaginably fascinating This is because of the writing style and the enthusiasm that pops up from each page.Dinosaur books should convey information that are not of public domain, especially regarding new species and new discoveries In large part, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs reach this goal by also introducing names that common people never heard of and describing new and intriguing lines of research that are gaining importance in these years Paleontology is, though, not just the story of extinguished forms of life it is also and especially the story of those paleontologists that find and describe the fossils and of the motivations that push them to face hazards and adventures in the wild badlands or among bugs, mosquitos and under the scorching sun of god forgotten places I strongly disagree with those that criticize this approach at writing about paleontology, in general without the story of those protagonists, we would lack a fundamental piece that contributes to the beauty of this topic of science, their motivation and, why not, their feeling that makes every story special.I really could find no drawbacks on the purchase of this book Those that are fascinated by dinos will find it easy to read and highly informative Those that are looking for an inspired book on paleontology will not be disappointed. Mais que uma hist ria dos dinossauros este livro o relato do fasc nio de um paleont logo com seu of cio Viagens ao redor do globo, encontros com colegas de diversas nacionalidades, suas descobertas e hip teses, e um mapeamento abrangente de tudo o que sabe sobre as maiores criaturas que pisaram sobre a terra Leitura divertida, e com um atrativo especial o relato do per odo que passou em Goi s com o paleont logo e professor Roberto Candeiro. Steve Brusattes THE RISE AND FALL OF THE DINOSAURS ist f r meine Begriffe eines der sch nsten Sachb cher, welches ich in diesem Jahr gelesen habe.Brusatte versteht es, lebendig, witzig und informativ zugleich zu schreiben Die Kapitel sind selbst wenn man sich f r Paleontologie interessiert lehrreich und geben den aktuellen Stand in zahlreichen Unterdiskussionen wieder, und auch komplette Neulinge auf dem Thema werden an diesem Buch ihre Freude haben Gleichzeitig ist dieses Buch einfach sehr menschlich geschrieben Brusatte schreibt nicht nur ber Dinosaurier und ihre Zeit, sondern auch ber die Menschen, die der Erforschung dieser einzigartigen Tiere ihr Leben widmen Hierbei stellt er dem Leser einige durchaus skurrile und denkw rdige Charaktere vor, was THE RISE AND FALL OF THE DINOSAURS zu einer alles anderen als trocknen Lekt re macht.Insofern kann ich mich kurz fassen ein sehr unterhaltsames und gleichzeitig sehr lehrreiches Buch Die Lekt re habe ich schlichtweg genossen.Von mir gibt es verdiente 5 Sterne. An extremely interesting and well explained popular science book The evolution of the dinosaurs through the various time periods, and the eventual extinction of many of them is clearly laid out and convincingly argued for now anyway A subtitle of the Rise and Rise of the Palaeontologists May also be suitable, but I found the history, and recent experience of fossil hunting, and examination to be interesting in itself The author brought it to life, and tied it in with the overall story of the dinosaurs Not a definitive work the pace of fossil discovery and scientific advancement in this field would make sure of that, it is nevertheless a concise, comprehensive guide to the dinosaurs and their world Clearly explained, requiring only the odd resort to the dictionary, it leaves me knowing things my kids don t know, for a brief period anyway, until the book is regurgitated, bit by bit by the dinogeeks on You Tube A very interesting book, even for those no than casually interested in the subject A justifiable best seller I have always been interested in paleontology in a very, very amateur way I found this book very readable but the scientific names of the fossils used are hard to keep track of in my ageing brain By the time I was about halfway through, though still enjoying the information, and admiring the ingenuity and intelligence that had gone into it s finding, I started to wonder what sort of people make a living by studying and devoting untold resources to finding out if a 100 million year old dead fossilised animal had this characteristic or another All of the characters fellow scientists mentioned by the author sound like people I would be happy to avoid and would never, ever go to the pub with His thumbnail sketches of these people can be summed up as wierdo obsessive geeks This did put a bit of a damper on my enjoyment of the information being presented Call me odd but there it is When the author devotes himself to factual information he can write very well indeed his description of the Asteroid impact that did for the dinosaurs is very good as is his explanation of how dinosaurs did, in fact, survive to the present day as birds.It was not quite the book I hoped for or expected but it is very good and I recommend it.