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Needs a bit more meat on those dinosaur bones
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2018
I am a geologist, although not a paleontologist, so my perspective is admittedly biased. I can say with humble confidence that I know more than the average person about fossils, dinosaurs, geological processes, Earth history, etc., but certainly less than the author, particularly regarding dinosaur ecology and paleontology. This said, the book has good points and some less than good, and 3.5 stars seems about right for me.
If you are interested in learning a bit about dinosaurs and their evolution, then this is a decent book that includes some relatively recent discoveries or consensus. I enjoyed it, and I learned a few things that I admittedly did not know. However, I came away with the same impression as some other reviewers; the author has a robust ego, especially for somebody who is younger than the length of just my professional career as a geologist. One would think that the author has been rubbing elbows with every important vertebrate paleontologist since Darwin himself discovered fossils in South America while taking land excursions from the Beagle. Somehow, I just don’t think a paleontolgist barely 10 years into his career has seen and done so many marvelous and revolutionary things, but perhaps I am just a jaded old fart. In any case, less thumbnail shout-outs to his early-career compadres and a bit more meat on those (dinosaur) bones would have made this a better read.