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The Dinosaurs Rediscovered

How a Scientific Revolution is Rewriting History

Michael J. Benton


‘If you want to know how we know what we know about dinosaurs, read this book!’ Steve Brusatte

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Startling new fossil finds are the lifeblood of modern palaeobiology. Giant sauropod dinosaur skeletons from Patagonia, dinosaurs with feathers from China, and even a tiny dinosaur tail in Burmese amber – complete down to every detail of its filament-like feathers, skin, bones and mummified tail muscles – inspire awe in a global audience enthralled by the idea of these great creatures walking the earth. Dinosaurs are of perennial interest to all ages, as illustrated by the huge range of dino-themed films, books and live attractions, from the enduring popularity of the Jurassic Park franchise to the success of London’s immersive ‘Dinosaurs in the Wild’ experience.

In the past twenty years, dinosaur study has changed from natural history to testable science. New technologies have revealed secrets locked in the bones in a way nobody predicted – we can now work out the colour of dinosaurs, their bite forces, speeds and parental care as well as how they came to die out.This groundbreaking book illustrates how science has replaced speculation and how our understanding of dinosaurs and their world hascompletely changed. The subject has never been so vigorous, has never changed so fast, and has never been so attractive to so many.


'Undoubtedly a useful contribution to the corpus of popular books on dinosaur biology … the narrative is consistently interesting'
School Science Review

'New science has transformed the way we understand the lives and evolution of the dinosaurs … Mike Benton has brought together all the latest information in this succinct and well illustrated book to challenge previously accepted ideas, and succeeds in bringing these fascinating creatures back to life for another generation'
Richard Fortey

'I defy anyone who is, like me, a non-scientist to read it and not feel a sense of wonder'
Tom Holland, Guardian

'Fascinating … a bold reiteration of the scientific method itself'
Scotland on Sunday

'The Dinosaurs Rediscovered is easy to recommend. Benton’s enthusiasm is infectious, and his skill at packing so many exciting developments into this book speaks of his deep involvement in this field … now is a very exciting time, indeed, to be a palaeontologist'
Leon Vlieger, Natural History Book Service

Dinosaur Society

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 19.8 x 12.9 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Publication date: 6 February 2020

ISBN: 9780500295533

Contents List

Preface • 1. Origin of the Dinosaurs • 2. Making the Tree • 3. Digging Up Dinosaurs 4. Breathing – Brains – Behaviour • 5. Jurassic Park • 6. From Baby to Giant • 7. How Did They Eat? • 8. How Did They Move and Run? • 9. Mass Extinction • 10. Afterword

About the Author

Michael J. Benton is Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology and head of the Palaeobiology Research Group at the University of Bristol, which was identified by the Center for World University Rankings as the top palaeontology research group in the world. He has written more than fifty books, including the standard textbooks in palaeontology and When Life Nearly Died, also published by Thames & Hudson. Benton regularly offers media comment on new dinosaur discoveries.