Decatur Book Festival - My Beloved Brontosaurus | Brian Switek

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My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs
Brian Switek

Dinosaurs haunt museum halls, stomp across movie screens, and adorn just about any product you can name. Despite groundbreaking discoveries, the dinosaurs of our childhood are entrenched in our minds, and new science struggles to overcome the inaccurate monsters of Jurassic Park. In My Beloved Brontosaurus, the brilliant dinosaur fanatic Brian Switek investigates the tension between dinosaurs as scientific objects and pop-culture icons as he introduces us to the latest theories in paleontology, from how dinosaurs had sex to what colors they were and just how they got so big.

About the author
Brian Switek is an online columnist for National Geographic and is the author of Written in Stone. He has written for Smithsonian, Wired, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, Scientific American, and other publications. His examinations of fossil discoveries have been featured by the BBC and NPR. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Introducer
Anthony Martin, Professor of Practice
Department of Environmental Studies, Emory University

Anthony (Tony) Martin is a paleontologist and geologist who specializes in ichnology, the study of modern and ancient traces caused by animal behavior, such as tracks, trails, burrows, and nests. He has studied modern traces and trace fossils, with his most significant discoveries in the western U.S. and Australia. Tony’s recently published book is Life Traces of the Georgia Coast: Unseen Lives of the Georgia Barrier Islands. He is currently working on another book, Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by Their Trace Fossils, due out in Spring 2014.

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