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Sixty-six million years ago the dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the earth. Today a new generation of dinosaur hunters, armed with cutting-edge technology, is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs created a hugely successful empire that lasted for around 150 million years. 

In this hugely ambitious and engrossing story of how dinosaurs rose to dominate the planet, using the fossil clues that have been gathered using state-of-the-art technology, Steve Brusatte, one of the world's leading palaeontologists, follows these magnificent creatures from the Early Triassic period at the start of their evolution through the Jurassic period, to their final days in the Cretaceous and the legacy that they left behind. 

Along the way, Brusatte introduces us to the cast of new dinosaur hunters and gives an insight into what it's like to be a palaeontologist whose job it is to hunt for dinosaurs. He offers thrilling accounts of some of the remarkable discoveries he has made, including primitive human-size tyrannosaurs, monstrous carnivores even larger than T. rex, and feathered raptor dinosaurs preserved in lava from China. 

At a time when Homo sapiens has existed for less than 200,000 years and we are already talking about planetary extinction, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a timely reminder of what humans can learn from the magnificent creatures who ruled the earth before us. 

©2018 Steve Brusatte (P)2018 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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Very enjoyable.

Very enjoyable, well performed, clearly written, lots of things that I didn’t previously know from childhood fascination, I recommend.

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fascinating

Brilliant overview of the rise of TRex and his cousins, that dispelled so many if the "facts" that I have came to know.

I now feel both compelled to learn more (the ultimate measure of success for any introductory text) and to put on a cowboy hat and get out to Hells Creek and search for some bones myself!

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loved it

great balance of education and entertainment, the later provided by many tales of eccentric scientists and world travel.

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A big kid's in depth guide to dinosaurs.

The work of one the world's most respected dinosaur experts, this passionate book explains the origins, lives and numerous deaths of the most awe inspiring dynasties the natural world has ever known.
Through personal experience in the field and the lab; mining through historical records and scientific papers; Dr Brusate reveals the tapestry of prehistory from the massive to the microscopic.

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i think everyone will learn something from this .

A very interesting read my only bad point is he keeps going on about trex being the king and the biggest meat eater . It's common knowledge there are three bigger meat eaters spinosuarus , cartharodontosaurus and giganotsaurus . unless i missed it these didn't get a mention let alone there own capter .i kept waiting for the spinosaurus chapter trex is very American centric but most kids know about spinosaurus these days .

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A truly excellent book, a great stepping stone!

A brilliant book, well explained for non professional dino enthusiasts like me! Loved every chapter! Would love to have a chat with the author!

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An update on a familiar story.

Lots of detail on the characters who find the fossils. Familiar dinosaurs with some that I'd not heard of before. Maybe more suited to younger readers who aren't as familiar with the story.

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Dinosaur Delight

Absolutely cracking dinosaur work, that releases the light from their bones as brightly as the impact fire of the asteroid that ended their reign. A true testament to the wonder of Life and our place in it. Thank you.

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unlistenable

The book seems wonderful. Unfortunately, the narration style absolutely ruined it for me. Genuinely couldn't stand to keep listening. Definitely try a sample before you buy - wish I had. I'm not saying it would bother everyone, but it came across as stilted and patronising to me, and also really distracting. A real shame.

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Exactly what I wanted

A thorough review of the dinosaurs' lifetime. Includes information about the environment, specific fossils and people who have helped to shape our knowledge. It's told in clear chapters that make it easier to understand.

I will be listening again