Reads For The Road: "The Rise and Fall of The Dinosaurs" by Steve Brusatte

by Lindsay Shapka in , ,

Did you know that T Rex lived ONLY in the western part of North America? That there were pygmy dinosaurs living on islands in what is now Europe? And that most dinosaurs had feathers?! 

What we know about the age of the dinosaurs has changed A LOT since I was in school, which became very apparent when I started reading paleontologist Steve Brusatte's book The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World.

I have been fascinated with dinosaurs for as long as I can remember (my favorite is the pterodactyl in case you were wondering) — even volunteering at the paleontology department at my alma mater to help with the cleaning of extracted fossils. So, I jumped at the chance to read an updated history on the subject! 

Brusatte, an American paleontologist, is one of the foremost researchers in the field and has created this new history of the dinosaurs through extensive research, collaboration with paleontologists around the world, and cutting-edge technology. But don't expect a dry, scientific book, Brusatte has created a page-turning history spanning 200 million years going through the evolution of dinosaurs from small, inauspicious creatures, to their dominance of the earth, to their mass extinction when a massive asteroid hit the earth in modern-day Mexico. 

Full of photos, illustrations, and fascinating stories, you are sure to be as gripped by this new history as I was! 

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