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My Beloved Brontosaurus

On The Road With Old Bones, New Science, And Our Favorite Dinosaurs

By Brian. Switek

One of Amazon's Best Science Books of 2013

A Hudson Booksellers Staff Pick for the Best Books of 2013

One of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Spring Science Books

Selected by Apple’s iBookstore as one of the best books of April

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.
     Switek reunites us with these mysterious creatures as he visits desolate excavation sites and hallowed museum vaults, exploring everything from the sex life of Apatosaurus and T. rex’s feather-laden body to just why dinosaurs vanished. (And of course, on his journey, he celebrates the book’s titular hero, “Brontosaurus”—who suffered a second extinction when we learned he never existed at all—as a symbol of scientific progress.)
     With infectious enthusiasm, Switek questions what we’ve long held to be true about these beasts, weaving in stories from his obsession with dinosaurs, which started when he was just knee-high to a Stegosaurus. Endearing, surprising, and essential to our understanding of our own evolution and our place on Earth, My Beloved Brontosaurus is a book that dinosaur fans and anyone interested in scientific progress will cherish for years to come.

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Book

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  • 567.9138 Swi, Nonfiction

Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9780374135065


Format: Book
Author: Switek, Brian.
Summary: A regular columnist for Smithsonian and Wired questions our long-held beliefs about dinosaurs and presents the latest scientific findings on what colors they really were, how they got so big and how they actually may have died out.
Title: My beloved Brontosaurus : on the road with old bones, new science, and our favorite dinosaurs / Brian Switek.
Publisher Date: New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Subject: Apatosaurus -- Miscellanea. Paleontology -- Miscellanea. Popular culture Dinosaurs Paleontology -- Mesozoic SCIENCE / Paleontology. NATURE / Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures. SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture.
Isbn: 9780374135065 0374135061
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 567.9138 Swi
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Bib Id: 431027

Format: Book
Author: Switek, Brian.
Summary: "Paleontology meets pop culture in a young author's journey into the lives of dinosaurs"-- Provided by publisher.
Summary: A regular columnist for Smithsonian and Wired questions our long-held beliefs about dinosaurs and presents the latest scientific findings on what colors they really were, how they got so big and how they actually may have died out.
Title: My beloved Brontosaurus : on the road with old bones, new science, and our favorite dinosaurs / Brian Switek.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Description: 256 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Apatosaurus -- Miscellanea.
Subjects: Paleontology -- Miscellanea.
Subjects: Popular culture
Subjects: Dinosaurs
Subjects: Paleontology -- Mesozoic
Subjects: SCIENCE / Paleontology.
Subjects: NATURE / Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures.
Subjects: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture.
Other Title: Brontosaurus : on the road with old bones, new science, and our favorite dinosaurs
Notes: Jacket interior unfolds to form a col. poster.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Prologue: My dinosaur life -- Dragons of the prime -- The secret of dinosaur success -- Big Bang theory -- The dinosaurs, they are a-changin' -- Jurassic thunder -- Dinosaur society -- Dinosaur feathers -- Hadrosaur harmonics and Tyrannosaur tastes -- In the bones -- Dinosaurs undone -- Epilogue: My beloved "brontosaurus".
LCCN: 2012034530
ISBN: 9780374135065
ISBN: 0374135061
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 567.9138 Swi