My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs by Brian Switek
Last November, the library hosted a Paleo Preschool program with the St. Louis Science Center, before which I had a conversation with the scientist who came to present the program. During this time, she recommended My Beloved Brontosaurus, dino non-fiction for adults, updating all the old facts we've come to hold near and dear to our hearts for all these years. I finally requested it, and wow! Is it great!
Self-proclaimed "fossil fanatic" and amateur paleontologist Brian Switek gives us the low-down on the dinosaurs we love and new scientific discoveries, many of which bust a lot of myths we've come to believe. In here you'll find out how dinos may have been much more colorful, befeathered, and melodic than how they're represented in pop culture. Switek, a regular contributor to many renowned publications like Scientific American and National Geographic, is incredibly accessible, referencing movies and making jokes the whole way--from how stegosauruses had sex to the the demise of the titular beloved brontosaurus. I checked this out on audio--a fabulous listen, read by the author--which needs to be accessed through interlibrary loan if you'd prefer to listen to it, but don't miss the hardcover for all the pictures!