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The Ultimate Dinosaur Reading List
Triceratops! Stegosaurus! T. rex! Channel your inner five year old with this Brachiosaurus-sized collection of the best articles about dinosaurs, dinosaur fossils, and dinosaur hunters.
Pocket CollectionsAlex Dalenberg
If you ever want to put things in perspective, consider this: Less time separates human beings in history from Tyrannosaurus rex than T. rex from Stegosaurus. That’s right. While T. rex went extinct about 66 million years ago, at the end of the Cretaceous Period, the Jurassic Period’s stegosaurus roamed the Earth 83 million years before T. rex had even evolved. All told, dinosaurs ruled the planet for some 180 million years, while homo sapiens emerged a paltry 200,000 years ago.
That’s just one of many reasons our fascination with the terrible lizards is wholly justified. We’ve curated this Brachiosaurus-sized collection of 20 great articles all about dinosaurs and the people who obsess over them, including what dinosaurs looked like, what it’s like to be a paleontologist hunting for dinosaur fossils, and whether Jurassic Park could actually happen.
Why We Love Dinosaurs
Boria SaxNautilus
If museums of natural history are temples to science, dinosaurs are their shrines.
The Surprising History (and Future) of Dinosaurs
Chantel TattoliThe Paris Review
Most dinosaurs are dusted off as fragmentary skeletons. But those few bones can be enough to describe a new species, and on average, a new species is discovered every week. We are in the golden age of paleontology.
How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Looked Like?
Sara ChodoshPopular Science
Paleontologists pull inspiration from modern birds and reptiles to design true-to-life T. rexes.
What It’s Like to Dig for Dinosaur Bones
Steve MaconeThe Atlantic
On the cusp of adulthood in an era of in-betweens, a search for fossils and meaning.
How We Elected T. rex to Be Our Tyrant Lizard King
Riley BlackSmithsonian Magazine
The true story behind our obsession with the last and largest of the tyrannosaurs.
How to Weigh a Dinosaur
Elizabeth YukoLifehacker
Though you may have never specifically thought about how much dinosaurs weighed, this is something that paleobiologists have been trying to figure out for more than a century.
How to Build a Dinosaur [WATCH]
Kimberly MasVox
A fully intact T. rex has never been found, but building one is no problem.
How to Outrun a Dinosaur
Cody CassidyWired
If, through some scientific malfunction, you found yourself transported 70 million years into the past, you might be safer from certain hungry reptiles than you think.
This Is What Dinosaur Meat Tasted Like
Hilary PollackVice
We asked experts for insight into what tearing into a rack of Tyrannosaur ribs would be like, from a flavor and texture perspective, and it doesn’t sound half bad.
The Day the Dinosaurs Died
Douglas PrestonThe New Yorker
A young paleontologist may have discovered a record of the most significant event in the history of life on Earth.
What If the Asteroid Never Killed the Dinosaurs?
Daniel KolitzGizmodo
To find out, Gizmodo reached out to a number of geologists, paleontologists, and evolutionary biologists.
How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds
Emily SingerQuanta Magazine
Modern birds appeared to emerge in a snap of evolutionary time. But new research illuminates the long series of evolutionary changes that made the transformation possible.
On America’s Wild West of Dinosaur Fossil Hunting
Lukas RieppelLiterary Hub
In 19th-Century America, rare old bones were a resource like any other.
To Date a Dinosaur
Laura PoppickKnowable Magazine
Stegosaur expert Susie Maidment is laying crucial groundwork for assigning ages to fossils from North America’s most dinosaur-rich rocks. More precise timings promise to reveal plenty about how the beasts lived and evolved through time.
‘The Nation’s T. rex’: How a Montana Family’s Hike Led to an Incredible Discovery
Steve HendrixThe Washington Post
The “Wankel T. rex” is one of the largest and most complete skeletons of the meat-eating dinosaur ever found.
Why Does the U.S. Army Own So Many Fossils?
Sabrina ImblerAtlas Obscura
Turns out massive flood control projects are a great way to find dinosaurs.
How Jurassic Park Changed the Way Movies Looked at Dinosaurs
Keith PhippsVulture
A brief history of dinosaur movies, from Gertie the Dinosaur to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
The Real Science of Bringing Back the Dinosaurs
Matt BlitzPopular Mechanics
Jack Horner, a paleontologist who inspired a character in the original Jurassic Park, says science is ready to resurrect the dinosaurs. But should we?
The Best Places to Visit for Dinosaur Lovers of Any Age
Julie VickAfar
Plan an entire trip around your (or your little ones’) favorite types of dinosaurs. Here’s where to go to spot your most beloved species.
The Best Books on Dinosaurs
Recommended by Paul BarrettFive Books
Palaeontology and dinosaur specialist Paul Barrett says many of the 1,200 known species of dinosaur were far more complex than we once thought. Some were brightly feathered, many were at least partly warm-blooded
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