Sci-Fi September: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs (Mountain View Library)
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Mountain View Public Library | 585 Franklin St, Mountain View, CA
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Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for over 150 million years–evolving into spectacular giants like Brontosaurus and T. rex. In this talk, paleontologist Steve Brusatte, author of the bestselling book The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, will recount the complete story of where dinosaurs came from, how they rose up to dominance, how most of them went extinct when a giant asteroid hit, and how some of them lived on as today’s birds. At a time when Homo sapiens has existed for less than 200,000 years and we are already talking about planetary extinction, dinosaurs are timely reminder of what humans can learn from the magnificent creatures that ruled the earth before us.
Steve Brusatte is a paleontologist who hunts and writes about dinosaurs. He is a professor at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, but grew up in the Midwestern USA. Steve has traveled around the world digging up dinosaurs and, working with many international colleagues, has named more than 15 new species, including the tyrannosaur ‘Pinocchio rex’ (Qianzhousaurus) and the raptor Zhenyuanlong. He has written several books for kids and adults, most notably the adult pop science book The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs (2018), which was a New York Times bestseller in the USA, Sunday Times bestseller in the UK, and Globe & Mail bestseller in Canada. His work is covered often by the popular press and he has appeared on several television shows, such as the National Geographic extravaganza T. rex Autopsy, where he was part of the team that dissected a scientifically accurate life-sized model of a T. rex. He is the paleontology consultant for the Jurassic World movie franchise.
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