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

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

Dinosaurs, with their awe-inspiring size, terrifying claws and teeth, and otherworldly abilities, occupy a sacred place in our childhoods. They loom over museum halls, thunder through movies, and are a fundamental part of our collective imagination. In My Beloved Brontosaurus, the dinosaur fanatic Brian Switek enriches the childlike sense of wonder these amazing creatures instill in us. Investigating the latest discoveries in paleontology, he breathes new life into old bones.

Switek reunites us with these mysterious creatures as he visits desolate excavation sites and hallowed museum vaults, exploring everything from the sex life of Apatosaurus and T. rex’s feather-laden body to just why dinosaurs vanished. (And of course, on his journey, he celebrates the book’s titular hero, “Brontosaurus”—who suffered a second extinction when we learned he never existed at all—as a symbol of scientific progress.)

With infectious enthusiasm, Switek questions what we’ve long held to be true about these beasts, weaving in stories from his obsession with dinosaurs, which started when he was just knee-high to a Stegosaurus. Endearing, surprising, and essential to our understanding of our own evolution and our place on Earth, My Beloved Brontosaurus is a book that dinosaur fans and anyone interested in scientific progress will cherish for years to come.

Title:My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs
ISBN:9780374135065
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    My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs Reviews

  • Kaora

    I was one of those kids who was obsessed with dinosaurs. My favorite movie was Land Before Time, I took out stacks of books from the library, pouring over them until I had every dinosaur memorized, an...

  • Wanda

    Just like the author of this book, Brian Switek, I did not get the memo that only children were supposed to love dinosaurs to distraction. I grew up next to dinosaur country, the badlands of Drumhelle...

  • Doug Clark

    My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek, published in April, 2013, is a review of the most recent discoveries about dinosaurs. Switek is an amateur paleontologist with a life-long fascination with din...

  • Nikki

    My Beloved Brontosaurus is exactly the sort of book I wanted about dinosaurs. Chatty, personal, but still closely focused on the creatures and how they lived (and died). I know a fair bit about dinosa...

  • Jaksen

    My second five-star in one day!I love dinosaurs. Really I do. If I hadn't been a science teacher, I'd have been a paleontologist. In fact, when the science curriculum changed to include 'early Earth h...

  • Leah

    http://theprettygoodgatsby.wordpress....Let's face it: dinosaurs have been culturally demarcated as kitschy kid stuff - triggers for nostalgia and ironic whimsy, but not a subject to take seriously.Un...

  • Blamp Head

    Reading this book, one is forced to ponder which theories relating to dinosaur lives will stay in vogue, and which will become extinct...---So I popped back to the Mesozoic Era the other day.Stepped o...

  • Sara

    The library had quite a few copies of this book on display, so I picked one up. When I was younger one of my biggest fears was that a giant T-Rex would come stomping over the mountains, smashing the c...

  • Brandon Gryder

    Mr. Switek is without a doubt infatuated with dinosaurs. As someone who tries to notice and keep up with new discoveries and dinosaur news, I was excited to pick this book up. Unfortunately Switek's c...

  • Radiantflux

    16th book for 2018.Written by dinosaur fanatic and science writer Brian Switek, this book was too chatty for me. I prefer books were the author is a little less front and center, and are even richer d...