My Beloved Brontosaurus

My Beloved Brontosaurus

On the Road With Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs

Book - 2013
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"Paleontology meets pop culture in a talented young author's journey into the lives of dinosaurs. 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 paleontology, from how dinosaurs had sex to what colors 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374135065
Branch Call Number: 567.9138 SWI
Characteristics: 256 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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Quimeras Jan 19, 2014

Just like the author, dinosaurs captured my imagination long time ago. I find it fascinating that there is so much that is not known and yet to discover about these wonderful creatures. I found the book informative and enjoyed the author’s enthusiasm.

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GummiGirl
Sep 07, 2013

An easy way to catch up on the latest findings in dinosaur science, although it gets a bit repetitive.

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elewep
May 28, 2013

Every once in a while I like to read light nonfiction that deals with a subject that I don't know a lot about, so when I heard about this book, I thought it would be perfect as I don't really know a lot of actual dinosaur facts. However, while it strives to be light and entertaining, it really was just very boring. I didn't rate this one just because I didn't finish it. I did learn a lot about the origins of the Brontosaurus vs Apatosaurus, so that's something. If you already have a love of dinosaurs, this might be for you.

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