"THE ULTIMATE DINOSAUR BIOGRAPHY," hails Scientific American: A thrilling new history of the age of dinosaurs, from one of our finest young scientists.

"A masterpiece of science writing." —Washington Post

A New York Times Bestseller • Goodreads Choice Awards Winner • A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Smithsonian, Science Friday, The Times (London), Popular Mechanics, Science News, and more.

"This is scientific storytelling at its most visceral, striding with the beasts through their Triassic dawn, Jurassic dominance, and abrupt demise in the Cretaceous." —Nature

The dinosaurs. Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today they remain one of our planet’s great mysteries. Now The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs reveals their extraordinary, 200-million-year-long story as never before.

In this captivating narrative (enlivened with more than seventy original illustrations and photographs), Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field—naming fifteen new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork—masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy. Captivating and revelatory, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a book for the ages.

Brusatte traces the evolution of dinosaurs from their inauspicious start as small shadow dwellers—themselves the beneficiaries of a mass extinction caused by volcanic eruptions at the beginning of the Triassic period—into the dominant array of species every wide-eyed child memorizes today, T. rex, Triceratops, Brontosaurus, and more. This gifted scientist and writer re-creates the dinosaurs’ peak during the Jurassic and Cretaceous, when thousands of species thrived, and winged and feathered dinosaurs, the prehistoric ancestors of modern birds, emerged. The story continues to the end of the Cretaceous period, when a giant asteroid or comet struck the planet and nearly every dinosaur species (but not all) died out, in the most extraordinary extinction event in earth’s history, one full of lessons for today as we confront a “sixth extinction.”

Brusatte also recalls compelling stories from his globe-trotting expeditions during one of the most exciting eras in dinosaur research—which he calls “a new golden age of discovery”—and offers thrilling accounts of some of the remarkable findings he and his colleagues have made, including primitive human-sized tyrannosaurs; monstrous carnivores even larger than T. rex; and paradigm-shifting feathered raptors from China.

An electrifying scientific history that unearths the dinosaurs’ epic saga, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs will be a definitive and treasured account for decades to come.

Includes 75 images, world maps of the prehistoric earth, and a dinosaur family tree.

Los dinosaurios, como jamás te los habían contado.

Tiranosaurios primitivos del tamaño de un ser humano, monstruos carnívoros de dimensiones descomunales, misteriosos reptiles emplumados... Los dinosaurios, las criaturas más formidables de la Tierra, se desvanecieron hace ya sesenta y seis millones de años, pero siguen siendo uno de los misterios más intrigantes de todos los tiempos.

En Auge y caída de los dinosaurios, la joven estrella de la paleontología Steve Brusatte repasa la evolución de estos extraordinarios seres mientras nos hace partícipes de sus apasionantes expediciones alrededor del mundo y sus recientes descubrimientos, que ponen en entredicho todo cuanto creíamos saber sobre la evolución de los dinosaurios.

Desde los inicios del Triásico hasta su repentina y catastrófica extinción al final del Cretácico, este electrizante libro redefine la historia de un mundo perdido y desentierra los enigmáticos orígenes, la catastrófica extinción, la enorme diversidad y el apasionante legado de unas criaturas legendarias.

Apadrinado por la Scientific American, este no es otro libro más sobre criaturas extinguidos, sino la prueba definitiva de que la saga continúa.

Reseñas:
«Una obra maestra de la divulgación científica.»
The Washington Post

«La biografía definitiva sobre los dinosaurios. Sencillamente fascinante.»
Scientific American

«Steve Brusatte está liderando algunas de las investigaciones más emocionantes que existen actualmente sobre los dinosaurios y nos sabe transmitir esa emoción en su libro.»
Carl Zimmer, The New York Times

«Si alguna vez has amado a los dinosaurios debes comprar este libro. [...] Brusatte hace con los dinosaurios lo que E.O. Wilson hizo con las hormigas y Carl Sagan con las estrellas.»
The Washington Times

«Una esclarecedora narración científica, extremadamente visceral, que nos permite caminar junto a estas criaturas por sus albores en el Triásico, su reinado jurásico y su repentina caída.»
Nature

«Una lectura indispensable para los apasionados de estos antiguos reptiles y su mundo perdido.»
Kirkus Reviews

«Excelente. A la escritura de Brusatte no le falta brío, vigor ni energía. Los entusiastas de los dinosaurios están de enhorabuena.»
Current Biology

«Fascinante. Divulgación científica en todo su esplendor.»
Booklist

«Cautivador. Ciencia de primera clase. [...] Espléndido.»
Publishers Weekly

«Un estudio apasionante. Sin duda el mejor libro sobre los dinosaurios desde los años ochenta. Brusatte escribe con la autoridad que le confiere ser uno de los expertos más destacados de su campo.»
Sunday Times

«El entusiasmo que pone en narrar sus historias hace que devoremos el libro, que va provocando en el lector un asombro tras otro.»
Ira Flatow, El Cultural

A sweeping and revelatory new history of the age of dinosaurs, from one of our finest young scientists.

"THE ULTIMATE DINOSAUR BIOGRAPHY."  — Scientific American

The dinosaurs. Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today they remain one of our planet’s great mysteries. Now The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs reveals their extraordinary, 200-million-year-long story as never before.

In this captivating narrative (enlivened with more than seventy original illustrations and photographs), Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field—naming fifteen new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork—masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy. Captivating and revelatory, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a book for the ages.

Brusatte traces the evolution of dinosaurs from their inauspicious start as small shadow dwellers—themselves the beneficiaries of a mass extinction caused by volcanic eruptions at the beginning of the Triassic period—into the dominant array of species every wide-eyed child memorizes today, T. rex, Triceratops, Brontosaurus, and more. This gifted scientist and writer re-creates the dinosaurs’ peak during the Jurassic and Cretaceous, when thousands of species thrived, and winged and feathered dinosaurs, the prehistoric ancestors of modern birds, emerged. The story continues to the end of the Cretaceous period, when a giant asteroid or comet struck the planet and nearly every dinosaur species (but not all) died out, in the most extraordinary extinction event in earth’s history, one full of lessons for today as we confront a “sixth extinction.”

Brusatte also recalls compelling stories from his globe-trotting expeditions during one of the most exciting eras in dinosaur research—which he calls “a new golden age of discovery”—and offers thrilling accounts of some of the remarkable findings he and his colleagues have made, including primitive human-sized tyrannosaurs; monstrous carnivores even larger than T. rex; and paradigm-shifting feathered raptors from China.

An electrifying scientific history that unearths the dinosaurs’ epic saga, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs will be a definitive and treasured account for decades to come.

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