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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Steve Brusatte

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Paleontologist Steve Brusatte tells the evolutionary story of dinosaurs, illuminating how scientists worked to piece together a narrative through fossil clues, and how the dinosaurs' attempts to survive a climate crisis mirrors our current situation.

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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

by Steve Brusatte

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Few people stop to consider what lies under the ground they tread on. But if you dig down you can find the entire recorded history of life on our planet. Paleontologists are experts in extrapolating stories from rocks. They glean the evolution or extinction of entire species from mere traces.

Steve Brusatte is a leading paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh. He has identified and named more than 15 species of dinosaurs. In this 2018 book, Brusatte vividly documents the adventures, discoveries and insights gained in his many years studying fossils. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is not only a personal record of Brusatte's career, but a journey to examine how a species that dominates Earth can be wiped out by rapid environmental change.

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They walked on the very ground below us, their fossils now entombed in rock - these clues that tell this story. To me, it's one of the greatest narratives in the history of our planet.

- Steve Brusatte

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