|Age of dinosaurs : the rise and fall of the world's most remarkable animals|
Author: Brusatte, Stephen
Learn about the history of these remarkable animals, speculation on what caused them to evolve and go extinct, and the science we use to make new discoveries about them every day.
Kirkus Reviews (01/15/21)
School Library Journal (03/01/21)
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Booklist - 03/01/2021 Paleontologist Brusatte establishes his enthusiasm by beginning with a remarkable story about rushing around China to get a glimpse of a friend’s extraordinary, fossilized find: a new species of dinosaur, preserved along with impressions of its delicate feathers. While this book certainly includes thrilling dinosaur facts, and different chapters sensibly cover some of the most notable time periods in their existence, this is more than just a rundown of the prehistoric creatures themselves. An impressively comprehensive volume, it delves into the history of paleontology and the people, past and present, who have built it into the field that it is today. There are whirlwind introductions to geology, fossil formation, and scientific techniques, and it’s surprisingly dense material, though the chapters are interspersed with photographs, occasional illustrations, and the odd text box containing an anecdote. That density may make this particular handbook more appealing to ardent readers, and with Brusatte maintaining an excited, conversational tone that refuses to underestimate its audience, more serious dinosaur aficionados will find much to learn and love. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2021 Gr 5–8—Brusatte hits a perfect note for young readers, infusing the text with his enthusiasm while making sophisticated vocabulary and concepts readily accessible. First-person accounts of digs, gender-balanced profiles of an international array of leaders in the field, and deeper looks at the cutting-edge technology used for research make for compelling sidebar reading and complement the text. The artwork demonstrates an attention to detail that reflects descriptions of recent discoveries. The relationship between geology and paleontology makes this book a natural tie-in to earth science topics. A time line and chronology preface the text; captioned photos, a glossary, a pronunciation guide, and an index are included. A brief further reading section lists key texts for younger readers and adult titles penned by the author. VERDICT Brusatte's work pops with all the excitement of a dinosaur-themed "CSI" show. Budding scientists and dinosaur enthusiasts will relish this deep dive into the detective work that comprises a fascinating field.—Courtney Lewis, St. Catherine's Sch., Richmond, VA - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.