Steve Brusatte

Stephen Louis Brusatte (born April 24, 1984) is an American paleontologist and evolutionary biologist, who specializes in the anatomy and evolution of dinosaurs. He was educated at the University of Chicago for his BS degree, at the University of Bristol for his MSc on a Marshall Scholarship, and finally at the Columbia University for MPhil and PhD. He is currently a Reader in Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Edinburgh.

In addition to his scientific papers and technical monographs, his popular book Dinosaurs (2008) and the textbook Dinosaur Paleobiology (2012) earned him accolades, and he became the resident palaeontologist and scientific consultant for the BBC Earth and 20th Century Fox's 2013 film Walking With Dinosaurs, which is followed by his popular book Walking with Dinosaurs Encyclopedia. His book The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World (2018), written for the adult lay person, won widespread acclaim, and was a New York Times bestseller. In June 2022 he published The Rise and Reign of the Mammals: A New History, from the Shadow of the Dinosaurs to Us.

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of Their Lost World

For most, dinosaurs are little more than useless trivia fodder leftover from elementary school days that have no bearing on modern life. They were dumb, slimy, vicious animals of gargantuan proportions that couldn’t figure out how to survive. But the cliches we’ve garnered from grade-school teachers and creature-feature monster movies are totally off-base. The study of dinosaurs is evolving rapidly as more dinosaurs are being discovered than ever before—a new species of dinosaur once a week, everywhere from South American deserts to the North American tundra to East Asian rice fields.

The surge of new discoveries is reshaping the way scientists think of these beasts, and new technologies are giving us fresh insight into what life was like then and how that world has shaped the world we live in today. The rise and fall of dinosaurs is a legacy that lives with us today—even 66 million years after they went extinct. During their 150 million-year rise to dominance, dinosaurs survived and adapted to dramatic changes, a process that produced a complex cast of zoological characters—including 10,000 species of birds that we have today. These are all modern-day dinosaurs, and it turns out that their primeval forbears had feathers, too—including the infamous Tyrannosaurus rex. These are just some of the many discoveries that the paladin of paleontology Steve Brusatte draws to our attention in his critically acclaimed book, The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs.

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