Why Dinosaurs Matter by Kenneth Lacovara

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Read Why Dinosaurs Matter Online Free - What can long-dead dinosaurs teach us about our future? Plenty, according to paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara, who has discovered some of the largest creatures to ever walk the Earth.

By tapping into the ubiquitous wonder that dinosaurs inspire, Lacovara weaves together the stories of our geological awakening, of humanity’s epic struggle to understand the nature of deep time, the meaning of fossils, and our own place on the vast and bountiful tree of life.

Go on a journey––back to when dinosaurs ruled the Earth––to discover how dinosaurs achieved feats unparalleled by any other group of animals. Learn the secrets of how paleontologists find fossils, and explore quirky, but profound questions, such as: Is a penguin a dinosaur? And, how are the tiny arms of T. rex the key to its power and ferocity?

In this revealing book, Lacovara offers the latest ideas about the shocking and calamitous death of the dinosaurs and ties their vulnerabilities to our own. Why Dinosaurs Matter is compelling and engaging—a great reminder that our place on this planet is both precarious and potentially fleeting. “As we move into an uncertain environmental future, it has never been more important to understand the past.”

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ISBN : 1501120107
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 192 pages


Brice rated it ★★★★★

August 31, 2017

Dinosaurs did not become extinct 65 million years ago. They are still around today. No, there is not a herd of Triceratops grazing in a remote Himalayan valley, nor are there Velociraptors hidden away in a top-secret government base. Dinosaurs are probably in your back yard, perching in tree bra...

Chelsey rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 29, 2017

I'm definitely a bit disappointed by this. I came into it expecting to learn why dinosaurs mattered to the world, but I left without a real answer. The chapter on Lacovara's uncovering the Dreadnoughtus was fascinating, and I would've happily read more stories from his field work and research, bu...

Yasmin rated it ★★★★★

December 08, 2017

I have no words to describe how much I loved this <3 It was simple and to the point and really inspiring! Lacovara, you now have a place on my list of heroes. Thank you for your amazing work and thank you for making me feel like a fortunate warrior for living in the blue dot.

Lynn rated it ★★★★★

September 25, 2017

Why Dinosaurs Matter is an immensely readable book. Dr. Kenneth Lacovara writes in an engaging, conversational style that holds your interest from the first sentence ("Albert Einstein was a complete and utter failure." - what???) to the last ("Maybe we can be like the dinosaurs... the adaptable c...

Kathi rated it ★★★★★

September 19, 2017

The father of geology, James Hutton, observed that the past is the key to the future. Much like a modern-day Hutton, Dr. Ken Lacovara takes us on a journey to the ancient past when dinosaurs ruled the land to understand the valuable lessons their evolution and their almost complete extinction can...

Michael rated it ★★★★☆

November 04, 2017

საინტერესო, პატარა, კოპწია წიგნია დინოზავრებზე, (ფორმას, დაკაბადონებას დიზაინსაც ვაქცევ ხოლმე ყურადღებას) უფრო მეტი მინდოდა, მინდოდა მეტი ინფორმაცია "უშიშარ" დინოზავრზე Dreadnoughtus-ზე, მეტი პალეონტოლოგიაზე, მაგრამ მაინც ოდნავ ვრცელი TED საუბარი გამოვიდა. თუმცა არაუშავს, ლაკოვარა თავისი დინოზავრ...

Mel rated it ★★★★★

September 25, 2017

I really enjoyed this look at the history of dinosaurs, our relationship to them, and why they matter.

Laura rated it ★★★★★

October 09, 2017

I loved this book. I loved it so much I read it twice. Sure, I was a dinosaur fan as a kid, and it appealed right away to the dino-loving little boy within. But I have also read a whole lot of science as an adult. I did not expect to get anything new out of this book, but I was pleasantly surpris...

Nikki rated it ★★★☆☆

October 21, 2017

Received to review via Netgalley; publication date 19th September 2017 The idea of this book is pretty much encapsulated in the words from the summary: “What can long-dead dinosaurs teach us about our future? Plenty.” It’s the story of the dinosaurs as a highly successfully set of creatures who ru...

Guy rated it ★★★★★

October 05, 2017

Why Dinosaurs Matter Ken Lacovara's new book, 'Why Dinosaurs Matter' had me at the opening line:"Albert Einstein was a complete and utter failure." This fascinating book will give you a new way to think about dinosaurs and an appreciation of why they are very much relevant to our lives today. Any...

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