The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Stephen Brusatte

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

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 tho...


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TitleThe Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs
ISBN9780062490452
Author
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreScience, Nonfiction, History, Animals, Dinosaurs, Environment, Nature
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Reviews The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

  • Will Byrnes
    2018-04-11
    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, ...
  • Lori
    2018-07-04
    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.
  • Emily
    2018-02-18
    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...
  • Jaya
    2018-05-03
    Dinosaurs!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-p...
  • Clif Hostetler
    2018-06-05
    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 ...
  • Michelle Curie
    2018-05-22
    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 spe...
  • Robin Bonne
    2018-06-06
    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 i...
  • Melissa Stewart
    2018-03-09
    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 ...
  • GoldGato
    2018-02-18
    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 ve...
  • Bfisher
    2018-07-12
    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 ...
  • Kathleen
    2018-08-03
    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 “bu...
  • Gorab Jain
    2018-06-30
    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 p...
  • Krista
    2018-06-21
    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...
  • Girish
    2018-06-09
    Phew! A pop history on Dinosaurs written by a Paleantologist is enough to trigger your curiosity and awaken the science geek in you. However, you do worry about a Ross Geller level book you will be stuck with for ages. Stephen Brusatte is more Douglas Adams than Ross Geller and he tells a story that is at once engaging and enlightening. Imagine a huge jigsaw puzzle that has to pieced together. The challenge is that the pieces are found years apar...
  • Ellen
    2018-06-21
    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 p...
  • Ula
    2018-07-09
    I loved this book so much! The first thing I ever wanted to be was a Palaeontologist and now I'm studying Geology, so this was a book after my own heart. It's also so so cool that Steve Brusatte did his masters at my university and some of my lectures even make appearances in this book. It is definitely the best book about dinosaurs I can imagine reading for pleasure and not school work, in fact it even clarified some of the subjects I have been ...
  • Tony
    2018-07-05
    THE RISE AND FALL OF THE DINOSAURS: A New History of a Lost World. (2018). Steve Brusatte. ****.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 ...
  • Radiantflux
    2018-05-12
    48th book for 2018.My three-year-old daughter loves dinosaurs. So I have gradually trying upgrade my pretty antiquated knowledge by reading a few books. This is by far the best general introduction I have come across, and confirms by belief that working scientists (if they can write) make for far superior authors of popular science books than journalists. Brusatte offers a fascinating paleo-history of the reign of the dinosaurs, from their beginn...
  • Liam
    2018-07-01
    God I love dinosaurs.This book was so easy to read - I feel like I breezed through it. Probably helps that I know a ton about dinosaurs anyway, but still.Rise and Fall is a kind-of timeline of the Age of the Dinosaurs, from the pre-Triassic to the extinction. I say kind-of because he skips around quite a lot. It's more of a general overview, with frequent asides to tell anecdotes from his career as a paleontologist. These were interesting and so ...
  • Ram
    2018-05-21
    Reading about natural history is in some ways similar to reading about astronomy. They both give you perspective and cause you to understand how insignificant we are.The main element is time (and in the case of astrology time and distance). It is hard for me to imagine a hundred years, I can read and somehow get a grip of events happening a thousand years ago , 10 thousand years ago. Homo Sapiens diverged from Homo Erectus about 200,000 to 300,00...
  • Amy Wood
    2018-03-09
    If you're in the market for an expertly written but approachable guide to all things dinosaurs, this is your book. Author and paleontologist Steve Brusatte has written a scientific narrative that effectively spans the entire career of the dinosaurs on this planet, and he makes this story both understandable and legitimately exciting for all non-paleontologist readers. What's more, he paints a vivid and extremely entertaining picture of the blood,...
  • Jaksen
    2018-05-28
    Finished it, loved it, enjoyed every word, hope he writes another!The funny thing about reading about past life on Earth is that one needs the newest, most up-to-date literature one can find. Science is often like that, but books on paleontology, where new discoveries come in almost every week and old ideas and theories are altered, magnified or just thrown out the window, is especially so. (Okay, so is physics, astronomy, medicine, etc. etc.) I ...
  • Carly Smith
    2018-07-12
    TL;DR: This book is amazing. You should probably read it, and you will then love dinosaurs.I cannot say anything bad about this book. Coming from someone who knew absolutely nothing about dinosaurs or paleontology (other than watching Ross on Friends - amiright??), this book was so eye opening and accessible. I can confirm my new love for dinosaurs is real.The author does such a wonderful job of explaining the scientific methods, terms, and new d...
  • Maria Chnoic
    2018-08-05
    1/3 personal memoir, 1/3 biographies/history of paleontologists/ paleontology and 1/3 history of the Dinosaurs. Steve Burette makes the past academic in me jealous as he talks about the fieldwork he has done and famous paleontologist he has met since his undergrad, through his Ph.D. and now as a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Meanwhile, we learn the overall story of the Dinosaurs from Triassic, Jurassic up to their eventual almost (exce...
  • Natch Greyes
    2018-05-25
    I'm not sure that I've ever been more disappointed in a book. I went into it thinking that it would be a basic-level summary of the evolution of dinosaurs and the world events that shaped them. Instead, the majority of the book (or so it seemed) was about the author's (and others) meetings and, occasionally, trips to find dinosaur bones. What made the book particularly insufferable (as others have mentioned previously) was that the author has to ...
  • Elizabeth
    2018-06-07
    This could have been good. Maybe. If the author had stuck to dinosaurs which he didn't when he basically had to mention every person he has ever met in paleontology or has touched paleontology in some way. The first few chapters were definitely full of name dropping, mostly of male paleontologists. Female paleontologists were mentioned only if they were married to another paleontologist or just had their work mentioned while the men got full page...
  • Jane Lebak
    2018-07-25
    WOW this was a good book!Brusatte breaks down the dinosaurs into the pre-dinosaur period, goes right through all the major timeperiods and some of the other fun stuff (T-rexes, birds) and then the extinction. He writes with evocative narration when it's called for (the two extinction narratives are breathtaking, especially the permian extinction) and he's got a number of pithy one-line introductions of various scientists that make them seem like ...