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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World | Steve Brusatte
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For fans of Sapiens, Your Inner Fish, The Sixth Extinction, and I Contain Multitudes, a sweeping narrative scientific historythe only one of its kindthat tells the epic story of the dinosaurs, examining their origins, their habitats, their extinction, and their living legacy, from one of the most accomplished young paleontologists in the world today. In this ambitious and engrossing narrative history that spans nearly 200 million years, Stephen Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the fielddiscovering ten new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studiestells the complete story of the life and death of the dinosaurs. Brusatte follows these magnificent creatures from the Early Triassic period at the start of their evolution, roughly 250 million years ago, through the Jurassic period to the end of the Cretaceous period (66 million years ago), when a giant meteor struck the earth and all non-bird species went extinct. Brusatte traces their evolution from small shadow dwellersthemselves the beneficiaries of a mass extinction caused by volcanic eruptions at the beginning of the Triassic periodinto the long-necked, armored carnivores we are familiar with today. This gifted scientist and writer re-creates the dinosaurs heyday, when thousands of speciesincluding fearsome predators such as Tyrannosaurus rexthrived, and winged and feathered dinosaurs, the prehistoric ancestors of more than 10,000 modern bird species, emerged. Brusatte recalls compelling stories from his decade-long journey studying these legendary beasts during one of the most exciting eras in dinosaur research, and offers thrilling accounts of some of the remarkable discoveries he has made, including primitive human-sized tyrannosaurs, monstrous carnivores even larger than T. rex, and raptor dinosaurs from China. An electrifying scientific history and biography that unearths the dinosaurs epic saga, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs will be the definitive narrative history of the subject for years to come.
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JaqyLantern
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Easy to digest and a wonderful account of the history of dinosaurs and our discoveries of them. Scientists are written as people and there is so much interesting info. If you're interested in paleontology or dinosaurs in general I highly recommend.

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caitlin.reads.books
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This book was very interesting especially after I spent time in Wyoming this summer on a fossil dig! So much to learn about the dinosaurs and the author presented it in mostly laymen‘s terms that was easily digestible. I did feel as though the author mentioned his friends a little too much throughout. #nonfiction #science #paleontology

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caitlin.reads.books
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One of the books I‘m currently reading. It‘s so interesting!

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TimSpalding
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One thing I like about A Very Short Introductions: no “let‘s me tell you about the time I got lost in Warsaw as a graduate student” or “let me tell you about the color of the sky that time I was bitten by mosquitos while I was digging for fossils with Sven, who was tall and wore sweaters that were…” and on and on.

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TheBookHippie
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#nonfictionnerds I am really enjoying this. 🦖🦕

SamAnne I‘m debating whether to jump into this one. I did check it out from the library. 8mo
TheBookHippie @SamAnne It‘s way easier to read than I thought it would be. It is my current parent pick up line book.. so I read it 30-45 min a day M-F seems to be the right pace for me. 8mo
dariazeoli I can‘t wait - this is my weekend plan! 8mo
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TheBookHippie @dariazeoli I‘m pleasantly surprised it‘s fun to read. I‘m learning a ton. 8mo
rubyslippersreads 💚💚💚 this photo! 🦖🦕 8mo
TheBookHippie @rubyslippersreads sometimes I have it together 🦕🦖📔 8mo
DinoMom I really enjoyed this one. 8mo
TheBookHippie @DinoMom It‘s very good. 8mo
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galueth28
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Super informative and easy to follow, details the evolution of the dinosaurs from their humble beginnings to their apogee and unexpected fall.

Also, my #bookspin read for April.

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galueth28
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Fun fact: T. rex teeth were the size of bananas. 🍌🍌🍌

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galueth28
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Beautiful🐥

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Lizpixie
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Bk1 for #NFN20 & #NovelNovember #readathon is done! I enjoyed this NF written by an American palaeontologist about how the story of the dinosaurs & related animals has changed over the past 150yrs. The author himself has been instrumental in revising that thinking with his discoveries of numerous new dinosaurs & fossilised remains of ecosystems. It‘s not a dry textbook at all, which a lot of these end up being, it‘s fun, engaging & informative.5⭐️

Bookishlie Nice! I have this on my tbr bookshelves:) 1y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1y
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Lizpixie
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#TodayILearned that the reason Sauropod dinosaurs(brontosaurus, brachiosaurus etc)could get so big(50 feet long, up to fifty tons)is because they had the same type of lungs as birds, with multiple air sacs & the ability to absorb oxygen on both inhalation & exhalation. #NFN20

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Lizpixie
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2/3 of the way through this #NFN20 read. I don‘t know why but I‘m always a slow reader when it comes to NonFiction. Maybe it‘s because my brain is trying to retain all the facts? Anyway, this is a brilliant read so far, the author is really engaging in the way he throws all the info at you, it‘s not dry like a lot of these sorts of books are. How‘s your weekend reading going?

Clwojick I tend to read slower with NF too. 1y
Bookwormjillk I‘m a slow NF reader as well 1y
Traci1 I definitely go slower with nonfiction. 1y
Chelsea.Poole This has been on my radar for awhile. I need to get around to it! 1y
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Lizpixie
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#TodayILearned that the theory from Jurassic Park is true, there were dinosaurs with feathers that eventually evolved into birds. This particular feathery Dino was found in Jinzhou, China & was eventually named by the author & his colleague Junchang Lu. #NFN20

Hooked_on_books I found this book fascinating! It kinda shocked me how good it was. 1y
Clwojick Stacking 😜 1y
sisilia Hi @Lizpixie , Jen is trying to reach you. Could you please whatsapp her? 1y
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Lizpixie
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My next afternoon read is one for #NFN20 or #NonFictionNovember20 I‘ve had this on my #MountTBRShelvesOfDoom for 2yrs now, just never got around to reading it. Nows the perfect opportunity, plus my grandson is obsessed with dinos & asks me questions I don‘t know the answer to!🤷🏻‍♀️

Clwojick Sounds like a fun yet educational read! 🦖 1y
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galueth28
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Went shopping for a shower curtain, ended up with two new addictions for the TBR pile: a new edition of my favourite Christie and DINOSAURS!

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MsMelissa
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Who ever would have thought I would manage to get through a work of non-fiction about dinosaurs in a little more than a 24hr timeframe? Certainly not me!

This book is very well done. It‘s educational, but never dry, and is completely accessible to non-paleontologists like myself. Have you ever wondered about the Age of Dinosaurs? If so, check this one out. 🦖🦕

#OutstandingOctober
📚 Unplanned book ✅

RamsFan1963 Great book!! 1y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1y
Librarybelle I bought this one awhile ago based on good reviews - I‘m looking forward to reading it! 1y
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rabbitprincess Sounds great! 1y
Kelsey18 I read this ahead of an anticipated dino class that I never ended up taking 😅 it's great though! 1y
MsMelissa @RamsFan1963 I was pleasantly surprised. I figured I would like it, but didn‘t think I‘d be able to speed through it! 1y
MsMelissa @Kelsey18 oh I wish I had the opportunity to take a Dino class in university. I took archeology and astronomy as electives, but dinos would have been cool! 1y
MsMelissa @Librarybelle it‘s really good! 1y
MsMelissa @rabbitprincess I think you‘d really like this one. 1y
mabell My husband had been listening to it! He was telling me today about the theory that birds are dinosaurs - they had wings as decoration (like a peacock‘s tail) then learned how to fly later. He‘s loving it! 1y
mabell BTW - if I said that incorrectly, it‘s my error in repeating his excellent explanation. 😂 1y
MsMelissa @mabell Ha ha, you nailed the explanation 👍🏻. According to Brusatte, birds should indeed be considered dinosaurs. The respiratory system of birds is the same as that of a T-Rex and brontosaurus 🦕 1y
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MsMelissa
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I read a news article today about a 12YO old boy and his father who made a major dinosaur bone discovery in Drumheller, Alberta, aka the dinosaur capital of the world. The article inspired me to finally read this book (and gives me an excuse to use this bookmark 😂).

I‘m going off plan for #OutstandingOctober That‘s kind of to be expected though. I rarely stick to my reading plans 🤷🏻‍♀️

Andrew65 I‘ve done the same! 1y
BiblioLitten Just read the article. Pretty fascinating! Go Nathan! 😊 1y
MsMelissa @BiblioLitten Aside from making me want to read this book, the article also makes me want to visit Alberta‘s badlands and see if I can‘t find some dinosaur bones for myself LOL 1y
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MsMelissa @Andrew65 I‘m not sure I‘ve ever made a non-academic related reading plan that I‘ve stuck to 😂 1y
BiblioLitten Tag me along! 😁 1y
MsMelissa @BiblioLitten We‘ll be the founding members of the Litsy Dinosaur Club 🦕🦖 1y
Andrew65 @Book_Fiend_Melissa I usually go off plan at some point. 1y
LeahBergen I found a bone in Horseshoe Canyon (the same canyon as in the article) when I was little. I ran to my parents with it and it was a T-bone steak bone. True story and (rudely) much retold in my family. 😆 1y
twohectobooks I read about him as well! When I was a kid I desperately wanted to find dinosaur bones, what an amazing experience that would be at that age! If you‘ve never been to Drumheller, I highly recommend it. I was planning to go again with some friends this summer but then we ended up in the middle of a pandemic. 🦖🦕 1y
MsMelissa @LeahBergen So what you‘re saying is that the Litsy Dinosaur Club should not look to you to be our ‘local‘ guide? 🤣 1y
MsMelissa @twohectobooks I‘ve never been, but mentioned to my husband earlier this year that with the pandemic and all changing travel - probably for a good long time - we should look to travel more within Canada (we usually travel outside Canada for family vacations), and the badlands of Alberta is an area I would really like to see. Hopefully you‘ll be able to take your trip next summer 🤞🏻 1y
KVanRead @leahbergen lol!!! @Book_Fiend_Melissa Ellie looks unimpressed but then she is much cuter than a dinosaur 🐶 1y
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Read66
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Lots of fun facts to learn about the evolution and destruction of dinosaurs. The description of the world in the immediate aftermath of the asteroid strike was fascinating.

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RamsFan1963
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📖 Tagged!!
✏ Mike Resnick (very underrated sci-fi author)
📽 The Road Warrior
📺 Reno 911!
🎤 The Ramones
🎶 (Tie) Road to Nowhere - Talking Heads, Radio Ga Ga - Queen

#manicmonday #LetterR @JoScho

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FairyTamer
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4/5

I tend to struggle with nonfiction but I was a dinosaur kid 🦕. And this one was so well written & just fascinating!

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BoldCityBooks
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Next up! I got this book from my brother and sister-in-law for Christmas and it‘s such a beautiful book. The reviews for it have been nothing short of spectacular and after reading the prologue, this is going to be a wild ride.

Learn about the rise and fall of dinosaurs and how evolution changed their species to adapt (or not) to environmental challenges - all told through an easy, conversational narrative.

Let‘s go!

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kranthir
Mehso-so

This is my first book on dinosaurs. Very interesting at the beginning but somehow lost it in the middle and at the end. Definitely a good read but there are parts where I felt like quitting.

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Addison_Reads
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After finishing this one, I have 15 books left for #BookSpinBonanza @TheAromaofBooks

I loved this book! I really don't read much about dinosaurs, but this book was excellent. It's extremely informative and written in a very accessible way so that anyone can pick this book up and enjoy it without being bored, or without finding it too simple.

Whether dinosaurs are your thing or not, this book is worth the read. 💚

Hooked_on_books Yeah, this one was good. I love when you can tell how excited an author is about a topic. 2y
Addison_Reads @Hooked_on_books He is definitely passionate about the topic and it comes across in his writing. 2y
Librarybelle I have this one on my to read list! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! You are making fabulous progress!! 2y
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kammartinez
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Pickpick

Full review here: https://wp.me/p21txV-Gn

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 5 ⭐️s

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Arkrayder
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Excellent book. Very informative. Highly recommended. Wunderbar. 🙂

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Chris
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Yesssssss

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Lena_writes
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Just finished this #audiobook

Enjoyed it a lot, informative about both dinosaurs, and the process of discovery.

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Lena_writes
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#audiobooking while I tot up my #2019totals in my #readingjournal

Including audiobooks and graphic novels/comics my total is 75, which I‘m quite pleased with (I‘ve counted the entire run of Misty as a single entry, same with the 1-13 run of translated Besoboi).

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MaleficentBookDragon
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#Jolabokaflodswap #1. Thank you @Trashcanman !
I am still a kid and ♥♥♥ dinosaurs. And I've always wanted to try this chocolate. Thank you so much.

MeganAnn Mmmm toblerone is delicious! 2y
iread2much That looks like a fabulous book! 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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#ChillingPhotoChallenge

Oct 23: Bones
Status: Own on audiobook, and I read it last month!

#Scarathlon
#TeamStoker

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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The history of dinosaurs, wrapped up with the history of paleontology, from the Bone Wars to the asteroid/comet debate and everything in between, plus how new advances in technology, computer imaging, and statistics are helping unravel even more mysteries as we understand with increasing clarity more about these behemoths of history that have always fascinated our imagination.

#Nonfiction2019
#SomethingWithAnimals

Geeklet I love this book so much!!! If you‘re still feeling a need to read about dinosaurs, I highly suggest the tagged book. I think Dr. Benton has worked with Dr. Brusatte. (edited) 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Geeklet I just looked at your posts for that book, definitely stacking...and I now know to get it in print too, those pictures are great! 2y
Gezemice Good book, just finished, trying to think what to write... great review! 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice It‘s a tough one to review, without telling all the great parts or going over the character limit. 2y
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa well I have listened on audio and kept confusing the different sauruses. I need to look through the print. Did you read? 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Nope, I listened on audiobook... but if I find it in print on sale in the future I‘ll definitely be picking it up to add to my collection. 2y
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have it from the library but keep getting distracted with new releases! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice My library didn‘t have it, so I was happy when it showed up in an audible sale. 2y
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I found it on Hoopla! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Well I‘ll have to check it out there and at least flip through to see the pictures...well, once October flips over and I have borrows again. 😬😂 2y
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa the audiobook I mean. I did not find the ebook on there 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice oh, okay. I understand now. 2y
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erinreads
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How I‘m spending my day. 🦕🦖

Librarybelle This book really intrigues me every time I see a picture of the cover. Curious to know what you think about this one. 2y
vivastory One of my favorite nf books of the year! 2y
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Zoes_Human
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Panpan

I expected this book to be about dinosaurs. Contrary to the title and jacket description, this book is mostly about paleontology NOT dinosaurs. I am not interested in paleontology. The bits about dinosaurs (what they hunted, how they lived, how they died, etc.) were great. Unfortunately, that was only about 1/3 of the book.

If you care about how scientist figure this stuff out though, you may love this.

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CallMeIshmael
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I have been so excited for this one

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Straycat
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This was incredibly engaging. If you‘re interested in paleontology, I could not recommend this book more. It‘s perfect.

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BeansPage
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Look what just came in the mail today!!!!

I blame this one on @RamsFan1963 😘🤗😘

#BookMail

vivastory I read this last week. Really loved it 2y
RamsFan1963 @TheReadingMermaid I'll take the blame, because this book is amazing and I know you'll love it 2y
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Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
Sunraven 🎉🎂✨👍 2y
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DyAnne
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Noooooooooo. 🦕🦖💔

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vivastory
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As I have mentioned before, I wanted to be a paleontologist when I was a kid. I read every book about dinosaurs in my library & saw the first Jurassic Park in the movie theater more than once. So, Brusatte's book is right up my alley. Filled with offbeat characters, this is science writing the way I like it- engaging & informative. I am excited by the major discoveries that continue to be made in paleontology.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m looking forward to reading this one! 2y
Sunraven I wanted to be a paleontologist when I was super little, too! I used to draw the heck out of dinosaurs and I had this burning desire (that never really want away) to do a really detailed Archaeopteryx costume for Halloween. 😆 This is definitely on my TBR. 2y
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vivastory
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1) I hope to finish the tagged book today. I'm enjoying it immensely.
2) Scotty. Needless to say I'm fairly certain it made me prejudiced against Star Trek.
3) Mozzarella sticks, boneless wings, cheese fries...
4) Out with family & reading. Probably finish watching NOS4A2. Oh, & I will definitely be checking out the PBS documentary on Ursula LeGuin.
5) 2. It's Friday & One more margarita, please. 🍻
#Friyayintro @howjessreads

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vivastory
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saresmoore Well, that‘s the stuff of nightmares! 2y
Texreader So glad I missed that era! 😬 2y
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vivastory
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Since there's not a new Jurassic Park movie this summer I have to fill the dino shaped hole in my life.

JazzFeathers I'd be curious to know what news there are about dinosaurs 2y
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DyAnne
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Ooooooo! Getting to the good part. 🦖

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Lizpixie
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Close up of one side of the top level of my fabulous #TBRcart I love this so much! I even got a black one to use in my kitchen so I can sit comfortably and still help the hubby cook. All hail the #IkeaGods Which books have you read? Which do you recommend? I‘m gonna be spoilt for choice at this weekends #24in48 #readathon

TheShaggyShepherd I really want to get a book cart like this. So you got this one at Ikea? I looked at a teal one on Amazon but I'm going to Ikea next weekend anyways so... teal is my favorite color so I'd really like one in that color. 3y
Cathythoughts Fab !!! I want one too 3y
MicheleinPhilly The Road to Jonestown is WILD. But so good. 3y
Lizpixie @IvoryLunatic They have them in a few colours, this teal, black, ivory & a nice dark blue. $49AU & so worth the price! @Cathythoughts I‘d go get one ASAP👍 @MicheleinPhilly that‘s high up on my TBR, I saw a doco on them years ago, he was a raving lunatic who was also extremely dangerous. 3y
britt_brooke I second @MicheleinPhilly ... such a whacked out, but amazing read! 3y
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the-woman-who-read-everything
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Pickpick

I really liked this one! I could have done with less about the paleontologists the author knows, but the focus was still on the dinosaurs themselves. The audiobook narrator was also very good.

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Oblomov26
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A modern palaeontologist provides a detailed narrative of our current understanding of the rise and fall of the dinosaurs. Key takeaway for me were that these creatures were not evolutionary dead ends. They were magnificent creatures, which ruled this world for a lot longer than have, that continued to evolve including developing feathers and that their end was due to a seemingly chance occurrence while they were still at the top of their game.

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Here‘s my Father‘s Day gift from my wonderful wife and kiddos!

Plus the Appa Funko I splurged on.

saresmoore Awesome. Especially Appa. 3y
saresmoore Oh and happy father‘s day! 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @saresmoore Thanks very much! 3y
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Michollio
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An interesting book that talks about the time just before to just after the dinosaurs. Brusatte does a great job of conveying scientific knowledge in an understandable way and has a tendency to take a bit of artistic license. He's also good at explaining what is fact and what are knowledgeable guesses and how they got there. I learned a lot of fascinating info about the dinosaurs, other creatures they lived alongside, and the planet.

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mklong
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I never outgrew my childish fascination with dinosaurs, so I was always going to love this one. I've seen some criticism of Brusatte's personal and anecdotal style, but that didn't bother me at all. It takes the tone of someone geeking out over something he loves and is super excited to have found an audience who wants to hear all about it. I found it endearing.

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JulieB
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Reading outside weather is finally here! 😁

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Berryfan
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Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! Informative, enlightening, and eminently readable. If you have the slightest passing interest in dinosaurs, READ THIS BOOK! It is a very very accessible masterpiece