"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 Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace
"Kenneth Lacovara LOVES Dinosaurs, LOVES science and truly LOVES telling you about it. Few nonfiction 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, maker and host of MythBusters
"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.
"Kenneth Lacovara challenges our ideas about dinosaurs and shows how the past can shine a light on today’s world. Dinosaurs, it turns out, were not lumbering, old, has-beens. They were the energetic champions of their age. This beautifully written book is simply mind-blowing. You’ll never look at dinosaurs, or think about the past, in quite the same way. Bravo!" —Dara Torres, Five-time Olympic swimmer, twelve-time Olympic medalist, mother, model, TV personality, and speaker.
"This is a great book."—Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday
"The book is great for young adults and curious grown-ups who never got to take that geology or Dinosaurs 101 class in college.” —Laura Geggel, Senior Writer, Live Science
"A dinosaur elegy. A great read! Captures the magic of studying dinosaurs with some beautiful poetic prose.” —Dr. Stephen Brusatte, author, television presenter, and paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh