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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World

Key insights from Steve Brusatte's

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World


Key insights from Steve Brusatte's

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World

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Learn how the great animals we love to fear reached the height of evolutionary success before being abruptly demolished.

Long before humans showed up, dinosaurs walked the Earth. They weren’t always the fearsome creatures we commonly picture, but they existed and thrived for 150 million years. In this Snapshot, you’ll learn the history of the dinosaurs, including their humble beginnings as small prey and their eventual rise to powerful mega-predators. You’ll also learn about the various disasters that allowed this rise, as well as the one that brought the Age of Dinosaurs crashing to a halt.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Don’t know any evolutionary history
  • Want to learn about different species of dinosaurs
  • Are interested in paleontology, biology, or geology
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On an ordinary day in 2014, a Chinese farmer was harvesting crops near the city of Jinzhou when he stumbled upon something extraordinary: a perfectly preserved fossil, complete with a long tail, sharp teeth, and claws. The dinosaur was roughly the size of a mule and covered with feathers.

This dinosaur, the Zhenyuanlong suni, is just one of the many new species being discovered at an unprecedented rate: nearly one per week. New technologies have made it easier to study these animals, from their brains to their feather color.

And with every new species we understand a little...

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