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January 12, 2018 / Leslie

Why Dinosaurs Matter by Kenneth Lacovara

A Rapid Review

Publisher: Simon Schuster Audio | September 2017
Format: Audio Download | 4½ hours | Rating: 4½ stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy

World-renowned paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara reveals how understanding dinosaurs can help us better understand our own biology—and our future.

What’s it about . . .
People love dinosaurs. We are fascinated by them. The more we learn about them the more we realize that dinosaurs achieved feats unparalleled by any other group of animals. They were adaptable and fascinating creatures that deserve a lot more respect than we give them. They did not die out because they were too slow or stupid to adapt, but instead were wiped out by a calamitous event that left them little time to adjust and recover.

What did I think . . .
This was especially interesting to me because it delves into the subject of why birds are dinosaurs, and that dinosaurs are not truly extinct – they live on as birds. The author explains how birds are descended from the theropod group, also known as avian dinosaurs, the ones that had feathers.

This is a well written and interesting book by an author who is passionate about the subject. So why do dinosaurs matter? The lesson here is that no species lasts forever. Humans take for granted that we are invincible, when in reality our time on this planet could be just as fleeting; we are far more fragile than the dinosaur. And in the end, it was an asteroid crashing into the earth that took down a mighty species.

Audio production . . .

This was read with enthusiasm by the author – maybe a little too much at times! It was a quick, enjoyable listen, read in a manner that the entire family will enjoy listening to.

Audio Sample . . .

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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  1. BermudaOnion / Jan 12 2018 9:37 am

    I don’t think I would have given this book a second glance had I not read your review.


  2. stacybuckeye / Jan 19 2018 9:34 pm

    Recommending this for the hubby. This is right up his alley!



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