Why Dinosaurs Matter
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What can long-dead dinosaurs teach us about our future? Plenty, according to world-renowned paleontologist and recent star of BBC show The Day the Dinosaurs Died Dr Kenneth Lacovara, who has discovered some of the largest creatures to ever walk the Earth, including the super-massive Dreadnoughtus. 'Majestic, awe-inspiring and deeply humbling. Kenneth Lacovara reveals how dinosaurs have changed how we understand time, the world and ourselves' DR ALICE ROBERTS, anatomist and anthropologist, television presenter, author and professor `This is a dinosaur book with a difference. In lyrical prose Kenneth Lacovara shows how an understanding of the past helps to understand the present. The dinosaurs played no role in the great extinction that ended their era: we, on the other hand, are playing a major part in the extinction that is taking place today. And unless we change our ways, if we continue destroying the natural world, this will lead inevitably to our own extinction. But unlike the dinosaurs we have the power to turn things around.' DR JANE GOODALL, DBE, conservationist, founder of the Jane Goodaal Institute and UN Messenger of Peace `Kenneth Lacovara LOVES Dinosaurs, LOVES science and truly LOVES telling you about it. Few non-fiction writers wield words with more poetic and potent affection for their subject. Ken's deep scholarship and clear enjoyment of his subject always makes ME feel smarter. A man obsessed not just with his subject matter, but with showing us how looking into our deep past can illuminate our future.' ADAM SAVAGE of THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL By tapping into the wonder that dinosaurs inspire, Dr 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 fascinating questions, such as: Is a penguin a dinosaur? How are the tiny arms of T. rex the key to its power and ferocity? In this revealing book, Dr 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 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 127 x 178 x 18mm | 266g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4-colour integrated illustrations
  • 1471164438
  • 9781471164439
  • 26,127

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'Kenneth Lacovara challenges our ideas about dinosaurs and shows how the past can shine a light on today's world. Dinosaurs, it turns out, were not lumbering, old, has-beens. They were the energetic champions of their age. This beautifully written book is simply mind-blowing. You'll never look at dinosaurs, or think about the past, in quite the same way. Bravo!' -- Dara Torres, five-time Olympic swimmer, twelve-time Olympic medallist, mother, model, TV personality, and speaker 'Majestic, awe-inspiring and deeply humbling. Kenneth Lacovara reveals how dinosaurs have changed how we understand time, the world and ourselves' -- Dr Alice Roberts, anatomist and anthropologist, television presenter, author and professor `Kenneth Lacovara LOVES Dinosaurs, LOVES science and truly LOVES telling you about it. Few non-fiction writers wield words with more poetic and potent affection for their subject. Ken's deep scholarship and clear enjoyment of his subject always makes ME feel smarter. A man obsessed not just with his subject matter, but with showing us how looking into our deep past can illuminate our future.' -- Adam Savage of the Discovery Channel `This is a dinosaur book with a difference. In lyrical prose Kenneth Lacovara shows how an understanding of the past helps to understand the present. The dinosaurs played no role in the great extinction that ended their era: we, on the other hand, are playing a major part in the extinction that is taking place today. And unless we change our ways, if we continue destroying the natural world, this will lead inevitably to our own extinction. But unlike the dinosaurs we have the power to turn things around.' -- Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, conservationist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peaceshow more

About Kenneth Lacovara

Dr Kenneth Lacovara has unearthed some of the largest dinosaurs ever to walk the Earth, including the super-massive Dreadnoughtus, which at 65 tons weighs more than seven T. rex. His discoveries have landed him three times in Discover magazine's '100 Top Science Stories of the Year' and in Time's 'Top Stories of 2014'. Lacovara was named by Men's Journal as one of the 'Next Generation of Explorers' and he is an elected fellow of the prestigious Explorers Club in New York. Lacovara is the founding Dean of the School of Earth Environment at Rowan University and Director of the Rowan Fossil Park. He lives in New Jersey. For further information visit www.kennethlacovara.com. Twitter: @kenlacovara. Facebook: /KennethLacovarashow more