These wild details and more are packed into the new book "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World" (William Morrow, 2018), which hits real and virtual bookstore shelves tomorrow (April 24).
At 11:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Live Science will talk with the book's author, Steve Brusatte, a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh, who will be joining us on Facebook Live all the way from Scotland. [Photos: Velociraptor Cousin Had Short Arms and Feathery Plumage]
There's something in it for viewers, too, besides (of course) learning oodles about dinosaurs and the adventurous people who discover and study them. We'll ask and answer a dinosaur trivia question during the interview and ask people to write a response in the Facebook comments. Then, we'll randomly pick five people who correctly answered the question and send them a free copy of Brusatte's book.
The book is great for both casually interested readers and the most passionate dino lovers. It follows the paleo-beasts from their rise during the Triassic period about 240 million years ago to their sudden, catastrophic demise at the end of the Cretaceous, about 65.5 million years ago. Step into the world of the scientists who dig up fossils, and learn about the discoveries they've made, including how researchers first found fossilized dinosaur feathers, dug up dwarf dinosaurs and discovered the tyrant lizard king, T. rex.
'The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs' Giveaway
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Laura is the archaeology and Life's Little Mysteries editor at Live Science. She also reports on general science, including paleontology. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Scholastic, Popular Science and Spectrum, a site on autism research. She has won multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association for her reporting at a weekly newspaper near Seattle. Laura holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in science writing from NYU.