The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World (英語) ハードカバー – イラスト付き, 2018/4/24
“Filled with vivid illustrations, historical accounts, and tales of paleontological expeditions, this book will change the way you think about dinosaurs.” -- Gizmodo
“The Science Book of the Year.” -- Sunday Times (London)
“If you ever loved a dinosaur, buy this book. … Brusatte does for dinosaurs what E.O. Wilson did for ants and Carl Sagan for stars.” -- Washington Times
“Takes readers on a tour of the new fossils and discoveries that are shedding light on the dinosaurs’ evolutionary story. … Full of adventures and humor.” -- Science
“The ultimate dinosaur biography. ... Riveting.” -- Scientific American
“Excellent. ... [Brusatte] writes with verve... zip and pizzazz. ... Lap it up, dinosaur fans!” -- Current Biology
“Captivating. ... First-rate science writing. ... Superb. ... Carefully crafted.” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A thrilling study. ... The best book on the subject since [the 1980s]. ... Brusatte writes with the authority of a man who ranks as one of the leading experts in his field.” -- Sunday Times (London)
“[A] Jurassic blockbuster. ... A gripping read in the best traditions of popular science. ... Infectiously ebullient.” -- The Observer (London)
Steve Brusatte is a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh and a specialist on the evolution of dinosaurs. He helped identify Pinocchio rex as a tyrannosaur. Through his fieldwork he has discovered dinosaur fossils in many places around the world. Dr. Brusatte wrote Day of the Dinosaurs and Walking with Dinosaurs Encyclopedia. He lives in Scotland with his family.
This is not an academic textbook or scholarly treatise. Rather, it's a work in popular science. It's easy to read and understand. The subject matter is engrossing. Of course, the author simplifies much of what went on - as he covers a period of some 180 million years of dinosaur evolution and extinction. On occasion, he adopts a slightly hyperbolic stance - as if writing fiction (e.g. describing how a group of T. Rex's experienced the cataclysmic day that ended the Mesozoic era). Nonetheless, it's fun to read.
through, though still enjoying the information, and admiring the ingenuity and intelligence that had gone into it's finding, I started to wonder what sort of people make a living by studying and devoting untold resources to finding out if a 100 million year old dead fossilised animal had this characteristic or another. All of the characters (fellow scientists) mentioned by the author sound like people I would be happy to avoid and would never, ever go to the pub with. His thumbnail sketches of these people can be summed up as wierdo obsessive geeks. This did put a bit of a damper on my enjoyment of the information being presented. Call me odd but there it is. When the author devotes himself to "factual" information he can write very well indeed his description of the Asteroid impact that did for the dinosaurs is very good as is his explanation of how dinosaurs did, in fact, survive to the present day... as birds.
It was not quite the book I hoped for or expected but it is very good and I recommend it.
I do think it perhaps goes a little too far into this though; this is a book called 'The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs' yet a great deal of it is autobiographical, which does let it down a little. The anecdotes and colleague name-dropping is a little off putting when you want to get immersed into the world of the Dinosaurs (of which he is incredibly knowledgeable)
Nothing wrong with the autobiographical sections per se but perhaps it should be marketed more this way so the reader has an idea that large sections of the book are personal stories.
Some have called it popular science, but I think that it falls somewhere between that and a scientific paper that only an expert would understand. It is not the easiest of reads because the descriptions of some of the dinosaurs needs the background knowledge of either a paleontology student or of a six year old dinosaur fanatic. However, that does not diminish the pleasure of reading this book. The at times overwhelming amount of information cannot be avoided, but once understood gives great satisfaction.
I particularly liked the flights into imagination, which brought the dinosaurs to life. Just enough to not affect the scholarly aspect of the book.
The best thing about this book is, I feel, the level of explanation about how the dinosaurs were related to each other, why different dinosaurs are found in different parts of the world, and how technology is increasing our understanding.
A thoroughly good read, but keep Google ready to call up pictures of the more obscure creatures.