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

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"My Beloved Brontosaurus" is a much-needed memento mori, a reminder that, although we know neither the time nor the hour, Homo sapiens will almost certainly disappear, too.
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One of Amazon's Best Science Books of 2013

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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.

 

About Brian Switek

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\Brian Switek is a science writer and research associate at the New Jersey State Museum who has done fieldwork on fossils in Utah, Montana, and Wyoming. He has been a frequent guest on the BBC and has written about paleontology for the Smithsonian magazine, London Times, Wired Science, Eureka and elsewhere. He is also the author of the acclaimed science blog Laelaps and Smithsonian magazine’s Dinosaur Tracking.
 
Published April 16, 2013 by Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 269 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Dec 11 2012

Readers will forgive Switek’s detours into cuteness and bad jokes in exchange for a genuinely informative introduction to his favorite subject.

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Good
Reviewed by John Noble Wilford on Jun 24 2013

We are beneficiaries of Mr. Switek’s undiminished passion...The book is a delight, coming along when so much has changed in our understanding of dinosaurs, ever since the beginning of a renaissance in dinosaur studies in the 1970s and ’80s.

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Reviewed by Sam Kean on Apr 12 2013

"My Beloved Brontosaurus" is a much-needed memento mori, a reminder that, although we know neither the time nor the hour, Homo sapiens will almost certainly disappear, too.

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