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.
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Brian Switek - My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs
From museum dioramas to movies, everyone knows what dinosaurs looked like. Or do they? Switek, National Geographic’s “Laelaps” blogger and author of the fossil study Written in Stone, takes readers for a tour of excavation sites and paleontology labs to get to the truth behind the popular image.
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Dinosaurs haunt museum halls, stomp across movie screens, and adorn just about any product you can name. Despite groundbreaking discoveries, the dinosaurs of our childhood are entrenched in our minds, and new science struggles to overcome the inaccurate monsters of Jurassic Park.
In My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs, the author Brian Switek investigates the tension between dinosaurs as scientific objects and pop-culture icons as he introduces us to the latest theories in paleontology, from how dinosaurs had sex to what colors they were and just how they got so big. To understand why they died—after 150 million years of success—we need to know how they lived. Switek explains that these giant beasts left behind a wealth of information in their bones—and it’s only by piecing together these clues that we can begin to understand ourselves.
Brian Switek is the author of Written in Stone. He is a regular online columnist for Smithsonian and Wired. He has written for Scientific American, Nature, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. His examinations of fossil discoveries and the latest in paleontology have been featured on the BBC and NPR. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Co-sponsored by the UConn Co-op Bookstore and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn. (Stevil2001)… (more)
Salt Lake City-based science writer and dinosaur fanatic Brian Switek will read from and sign My beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs.
In My beloved Brontosaurus, Switek investigates the tension between dinosaurs as scientific objects and pop-culture icons and introduces us to the latest theories in paleontology, from how dinosaurs reproduced to what colors they were and just how they got so big.
Switek, when he's not volunteering at the Natural History Museum of Utah, writes science and paleontology articles for The Wall Street Journal, Nature, Scientific American, Wired, and Slate and blogging for Smithsonian and Wired. He is also the author of Written in Stone. del.icio.us Facebook Google StumbleUpon Twitter Yahoo
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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. Written in Stone is his first book.