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.
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