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


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About the Author

Steve Brusatte is a paleontologist who hunts and writes about dinosaurs. He is on the faculty of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, but grew up in the Midwestern USA. Steve has traveled around the world digging up dinosaurs and, working with many international colleagues, has named more than 15 new species, including the tyrannosaur 'Pinocchio rex' (Qianzhousaurus) and the raptor Zhenyuanlong. He has written several books for kids and adults, most notably the adult pop science book The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs (2018), which was a New York Times bestseller in the USA, Sunday Times bestseller in the UK, and Globe & Mail bestseller in Canada. His work is covered often by the popular press and he has appeared on several television shows, such as the National Geographic extravaganza T. rex Autopsy, where he was part of the team that dissected a scientifically accurate life-sized model of a T. rex.


"A masterpiece of science writing."--Washington Post
"The ultimate dinosaur biography. ... Riveting."--Scientific American
"Vivid. ... This is scientific storytelling at its most visceral, striding with the beasts through their Triassic dawn, Jurassic dominance and abrupt demise."--Nature
"An absorbing historical saga. ... [A] completely winning blend of technical expertise and storytelling ability. ... Brusatte's recounting of the millions of years of dinosaur dominance makes for very nerdy, very thrilling reading."--Christian Science Monitor
"A thrilling study. ... The best book on the subject since [the 1980s]. ... Brusatte writes with the authority of a man who ranks as one of the leading experts in his field."--Sunday Times (London)
"Unrelentingly kind in tone and generous in description. ... Mak[es] for one big adventure."--Paris Review (Staff Picks)
"This vivid book reanimates dinosaurs for a new generation. ... A lovely book. ... A fine piece of writing."--The Times (London)
"Fascinating. ... Superbly illustrated with photos and art, this is popular-science writing at its best."--Booklist, starred review
"Captivating. ... First-rate science writing. ... Superb. ... Carefully crafted."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Should not be missed. Highly recommended."--Library Journal, starred review
"Takes readers on a tour of the new fossils and discoveries that are shedding light on the dinosaurs' evolutionary story. ... Full of adventures and humor."--Science
"Tells the epic tale of the dinosaurs rise to dominance and extinction, taking us on a thrilling journey back in time."--National Geographic
"If you ever loved a dinosaur, buy this book. ... Brusatte does for dinosaurs what E.O. Wilson did for ants and Carl Sagan for stars."--Washington Times
"An up-to-the-minute account of the long history and remarkable biology of these extraordinary animals."--RICHARD FORTEY, former senior paleontologist at London's Natural History Museum and author of Life, Trilobite!, and Earth
"A must-have for fans of ancient reptiles and their lost world."--Kirkus Reviews
"Brusatte delivers a cutting-edge account of Earth's most awe-inspiring age--and does so with great skill, humor, and wonder. Captures the majesty of the creatures he studies, as well as their breathtaking evolutionary ride."--PETER BRANNEN, author of The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions
"Brusatte scores. ... This is science at first hand."--Literary Review
"Brusatte's prose shows the excitement he feels about his subject, making the book more of a conversation than a dry tract. ... A great introduction for folks wanting to learn more about dinosaurs."--Shelf Awareness
"Steve Brusatte explains how these spectacular bygone animals shaped our present, and how they can inform our future. ... One of the world's leading millennial paleontologists. ... The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is an expansive biography of this peerless group of species."--VICE/Motherboard
"Excellent. ... [Brusatte] writes with verve... zip and pizzazz. ... Lap it up, dinosaur fans!"--Current Biology
"[A] Jurassic blockbuster. ... A gripping read in the best traditions of popular science. ... Infectiously ebullient."--The Observer (London)
"The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs may be the best book on dinosaurs ever written for a popular audience."--Inside Higher Ed
"Filled with vivid illustrations, historical accounts, and tales of paleontological expeditions, this book will change the way you think about dinosaurs."--Gizmodo
"The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a biography of these magnificent lost beings and their world."--London Review of Books
"A page-turner. ... Brusatte skillfully brings dead dino bones to life. ... The beauty of this book lies in the details, too, and in the stories of the scientists who dig them up."--New York Times Book Review
"The Science Book of the Year."--Sunday Times (London)