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

 
 
Author
Brian Switek.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9780374135065
Pages/Publication Date 257/2013
Daedalus Item Code 51599
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Dinosaurs have become a fundamental part of our collective imagination, looming over museum halls, thundering through movies, and occupying a sacred place in many a childhood. National Geographic columnist and fossil fanatic Brian Switek here explores the childlike sense of wonder that these amazing creatures instill in us, breathing new life into old bones as he visits desolate excavation sites and dusty museum vaults. Switek looks at everything from the sex life of Apatosaurus and T. rex's feather-laden body to just why dinosaurs vanished, while the book's titular hero, Brontosaurus—who suffered a second extinction when we learned he never existed at all—becomes a symbol of scientific progress.

"My Beloved Brontosaurus is, in many ways, science writer Brian Switek's love letter to his favorite animal.... But the book is more than a personal ode to fossils. Switek meets experts, tours museums and visits excavation sites. He is searching no longer for preserved eggs that might one day hatch dino-babies but rather for an understanding of what life in the age of dinosaurs was like."—Washington Post

"Switek passionately and playfully explores scientists' evolving perception of the wild, wonderful dinosaur world, emphasizing at every turn the dynamic nature of their field despite its now inanimate subjects.... Switek intersperses his rich, well-researched scientific and historical discussions with personal anecdotes and cultural signposts, weaving together a narrative that reveals the current state of the field as well as some of the wrong turns along the way."—Science

 
 
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