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Audio Excerpt: My Beloved Brontosaurus

Check out this excerpt from the audiobook edition of My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs read by author Brian Switek.

By
Lee Falin, PhD,
May 14, 2013

Audio Excerpt: My Beloved Brontosaurus

Dinosaurs, with their awe-inspiring size, terrifying claws and teeth, and otherworldly abilities, occupy a sacred place in our childhoods. They loom over museum halls, thunder through movies, and are a fundamental part of our collective imagination. In My Beloved Brontosaurus, the dinosaur fanatic Brian Switek enriches the childlike sense of wonder these amazing creatures instill in us. Investigating the latest discoveries in paleontology, he breathes new life into old bones.

Switek reunites us with these mysterious creatures as he visits desolate excavation sites and hallowed museum vaults, exploring everything from the sex life of Apatosaurus and T. Rex's feather-laden body to just why dinosaurs vanished. (And of course, on his journey, he celebrates the book's titular hero, "Brontosaurus"—who suffered a second extinction when we learned he never existed at all—as a symbol of scientific progress.)

Listen to an excerpt of the audiobook here:

Brontosaurus image from Shutterstock

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