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Why Dinosaurs Matter

Narrated by: Kenneth Lacovara
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
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World-renowned paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara reveals how understanding dinosaurs can help us better understand our own biology - and our future.

Dinosaurs captivate people. Men and women, young and old, have a deep fascination with the species that roamed Earth before us. In this audiobook, paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Lacovara takes listeners on a journey - back to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth - to reveal how dinosaurs achieved feats unparalleled by any other group of animals.

Lacovara shows why these sublimely adaptable, remarkable creatures deserve our awe and respect. Lacovara blends exploration in remote locations across the globe with the latest imaging and modeling techniques from engineering to medicine. This eye-opening look into the strange and calamitous event that wiped out the dinosaurs weaves together the story of their existence on Earth with our own. Why Dinosaurs Matter is compelling and engaging and a great reminder that our place on this planet is precarious and potentially fleeting. We must look to the past to protect our future.

©2017 Kenneth Lacovara (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Funny, witty and educational

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It started me off laughing and kept me entertained the entire time.

I’m a dinosaur fan so the subject matter was a perfect fit.

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humbling, eloquent, and beautifully portrayed

The journey Dr. Lacovara paints is wonderful and drives to the heart of being precariously human. The story leaves you feeling humbled and awe inspired by our place in the cosmos. The ending was brilliantly put in, addressing the ever increasing issues of climate change.

Thank you for this excellent flashback to my undergrad days in your evolution/paleo courses at Drexel. - Jesse S.

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Brilliant and important!

Inspired after watching the TED talk that summarizes the messages of this book, I was curious to hear the longer story and the details. The perspectives and the way the the story of life on earth is told is just brilliant and entertaining. The message is extremely important in a time where celebrities and stupidity seems to get more attention than facts and good narratives of those facts.

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Of course dinosaurs mater

This book argues the strange case if dinosaurs maters or not. The first hour is fantastically boring. But it goes into the really interesting history of the discovery of the dinosaurs. That part was fascinating!

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Get to the Point

This book isn't a book for data about dinosaurs, it's more generalized. Throughout the book, the author builds up to a point in the last chapter. I'm giving it three stars for that build up. If you don't know much about dinosaurs and their generalized evolution, this is a book for you. Being a paleontology guru, I was underwhelmed. I agree with the author's conclusion about the importance of dinosaurs, and their significance as an example of terrestrial organisms, but I didn't want to have to get through the whole book to hear his conclusion on the topic. It's not a bad book, in fact it's a very good one with an interesting and convincing point of view, but my three stars are because I had to get to the last chapter for anything related to the title of this volume.

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