- An international team of scientists have figured out the evolution and size of sauropods, according to Phys.org
- Jack Horner answers the question, “What color were dinosaurs?” on Seeker
- Emmen Zoo in Holland is auctioning off fossils, include a 25ft long Harpocrasaurus (duck-billed dinosaur) that lived 75 million years ago, according to Mirror
- Brian Switek gave a glowing review of David Hone’s The Tyrannosaur Chronicles: The Biography of the Tyrant Dinosaurs on The Spectator
- According to Inverse, the gold rush in the 1800s sparked interest in dinosaurs
- St. George museum has a new exhibit of dinosaur tracks called Lake Dixie Discovery Trail, according to The Spectrum
- The city of Holyoke passed a law to help protect the dinosaur footprints on Route 5, according to Mass Live
- In Green Bay, WI, a fiberglass dinosaur in front of what used to be a Sinclair glass station is getting a makeover, and a family, according to Green Bay Press Gazette
- The Jurassic Coast will be decorated with life-sized dinosaur replicas as part of a Jurassic Journey, according to Exmouth Journal
- Jurassic World: The Exhibition at the Melbourne Museum is hosting Jurassic Nights on Friday nights in June, according to The Weekly Review
- Harrisburg, PA is hosting a Dino-Mite summer with 30 fiberglass dinosaurs decorated by local artists, according to Penn Live
- In New Jersey a fire completely burned one of the 90-ft robotic dinosaurs from Field Station: Dinosaurs, according to WRAL and CBS
- The Richmond Night Market in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, has a new theme this year called Magical Dino Park, according to Richmond News
- Stuff.co.nz shares a dinosaur jars project
- Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 featured some KitRex cardboard dinosaurs
- Technabob features images of a Barbie Power Wheels jeep that was converted into a Jurassic Park wrangler
- The Daily Journal shares a first person of a dinosaur roadside attraction in Berkely Township, NJ, from the POV of the dinosaur
- A new dinosaur theme park called Lost Kingdom, at Paultons Park, is opening up in the UK this year, according to BBC
- University of Alberta explains who would win in a race between a tyrannosaur and a hadrosaur
- According to The Shuttle, a Brontosaurus model was vandalized in West Midland Safari Park in the UK
Here’s what came out this week in dinosaur news:
- Evolution of dinosaur feathers, according to Royal Society Publishing and Phys.org
- Interactive map of dinosaur tracks on Yahoo
- New carnivore discovered in Wales on display, according to BBC
- Fossilera reported on Torvosaurus, a dinosaur as big as T-rex, but much older
- Preserved soft tissue of dinosaurs found, according to Nature
- The Guardian reported on how National Geographic built the T-rex for the autopsy show
- A history of the public’s perception of dinosaurs, according to The Guardian
- The Guardian‘s list of the five best dinosaur movies
- The Guardian‘s list of the five best dinosaur books
- A review of the dinosaur game, Ark, by Steamed
- Dinosaur expert reviews dinosaur toys on A.V. Club
- Mashable shared an a capella version of the Jurassic Park theme song
Last week we covered five amazing fiction dinosaur books. This week’s list is all about non-fiction adult books about dinosaurs, for those enthusiasts who really want to learn more. Don’t worry, there are no dry textbooks here, just a lot of interesting stories and amazing illustrations.
- Rex Appeal: The Amazing Story of Sue, the Dinosaur That Changed Science, the Law, and My Life. Written by Peter Larson, who lived the tale, and Kristin Donnan, this book chronicles the crazy story of Black Hills Institute, and the upheaval and hardship that the people of Hill City, SD went through after Peter Larson and his team discovered Sue, the most complete T-Rex ever found.
- Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by their Trace Fossils. Written by Anthony J. Martin, this book combines Martin’s personal experiences as a paleontologist with amazing research and facts people can learn from dinosaur nests, tracks, and even fossilized poop. Pay special attention to the chapter on how sauropods probably shaped our modern landscapes. Mind. Blown.
- The Bumper Book of Dinosaurs. Written by Keiron Pim, this giant, heavily illustrated book contains many, many facts and statistics. It’s a great resource, and easy to look up information about specific dinosaurs.
- Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-Up. Written and illustrated by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, this pop-up book is sure to impress even those who are not dinosaur enthusiasts. Every page has elaborate, detailed works of art to show different dinosaurs at different stages of their lives. Plus there are some crazy facts hidden under the art.
- The Dinosaur Heresies: New Theories Unlocking the Mystery of the Dinosaurs and Their Extinction. Written by the famous Robert Bakker in 1986, this book was very controversial when first published, because it changed the way people viewed dinosaurs. Bakker argued that dinosaurs were warm-blooded and more like birds than cold-blooded, slow lizards. Imagine!
And if these aren’t enough, Goodreads has a great list of 108 Best Non-Fiction Dinosaur Books.
What’s on your list of dinosaur books to read? Share with us in the comments!
In the last post we covered some dinosaur film gems. But what about books? Here’s a list of 5 great books that all revolve around dinosaurs. They’re all adult books, all fiction (though some blend wonderful facts with the action) and come highly recommended, so there’s no excuse not to read them.
- Raptor Red, by Robert T. Bakker. Bakker is a famous paleontologist, who consulted with the Jurassic Park team while they made the first movie. Raptor Red is the fictitious, but realistic tale told by the point of view of Red, a female Utahraptor, as she hunts, mates, and struggles to survive.
- Cretaceous Dawn, by Lisa M. Graziano and Michael S.A. Graziano. An action-packed adventure story, also written by scientists, that follows the journey of four people who accidentally time travel to the Cretaceous period. The story gives a whole new perspective into how T-rexes may have acted.
- Love in the Time of Dinosaurs, by Kirsten Alene. This bizarro fiction story combines monks, dinosaurs, magic kung-fu, and guns. And of course a man falls in love with a dinosaur. It’s an epic tale, and though the content may seem bizarro, the story is very well written.
- All My Friends Are Dead, by Jory Jon and Avery Monsen. This well-known, little dark comedy book may not revolve around dinosaurs, but the drawings and concept were too good not to mention. Plus, bonus! There’s a sequel: All My Friends Are Still Dead.
- A Lovely Love Story, by Edward Monkton. Combining poetry with heartwarming drawings, this little book makes for a great gift. The dinosaurs are adorable, and the message is timeless.
Have you read any of these? Tell us what you thought of them in the comments! Next time we’ll post a list of nonfiction books, for all you knowledge-pursuers out there.