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My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science and Our Favourite Dinosaurs

Brian Switek

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Product Details
Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9780374135065
Published:
01 May 2013
Publisher:
Macmillan
Dimensions:
272 pages - 210 x 140mm

Dinosaurs haunt museum halls, stomp across movie screens, and adorn just about any product you can name. Despite groundbreaking discoveries, the dinosaurs of our childhood are entrenched in our minds, and new science struggles to overcome the inaccurate monsters of Jurassic Park.

In My Beloved Brontosaurus, the brilliant dinosaur fanatic Brian Switek investigates the tension between dinosaurs as scientific objects and pop-culture icons as he introduces us to the latest theories in palaeontology, from how dinosaurs had sex to what colours they were and just how they got so big. To understand why they died—after 150 million years of success—we need to know how they lived. With infectious enthusiasm, Switek explains that these giant beasts left behind a wealth of information in their bones—and it’s only by piecing together these clues that we can begin to understand ourselves. After all, our furry little ancestors lived in the shadow of the dinosaurs.

Switek visits excavation sites, museums, and high-tech labs to question what we’ve long held true about these creatures, weaving in stories from his obsession with dinosaurs that started when he was knee-high to a Stegosaurus. Endearing, surprising, and essential to our understanding of our place on Earth, My Beloved Brontosaurus is a book that science buffs and dinosaur fans will cherish for years to come.

Brian Switek is an online columnist for "National Geographic" and is the author of "Written in Stone." He has written for "Smithsonian," "Wired," "Slate," "The Wall Street Journal," "Nature," "Scientific American," and other publications. His examinations of fossil discoveries have been featured by the BBC and NPR. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Palaeontology meets pop culture in a talented young author’s journey into the lives of dinosaurs

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