From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, the story of the mammals, our own kind, from their earliest development and their co-existence with the great lizards to their emergence out of the shadows to dominance of the recent history of our planet.
Professor Steve Brusatte is a palaeontologist on the faculty of the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He grew up in the Midwestern United States and has a BS in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago, a MSc in Palaeobiology from the University of Bristol (UK), and PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Columbia University in New York. Steve is widely recognized as one of the leading palaeontologists of his generation. His 2018 book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, was a Sunday Times bestseller, and he is the science consultant for Jurassic World 3, the third film in the Jurassic Park franchise.
The epic story of how our mammalian cousins evolved to fly,
walk, swim, and walk on two legs . . . [Brusatte's] deep knowledge
infuse[s] this lively journey of millions of years of evolution
with infectious enthusiasm. --
A fascinating account of how mammals survived the great extinction that destroyed the dinosaurs and evolved to their current position of dominance. A worthy sequel to [Steve Brusatte's] The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs. --
Riveting . . . A real page-turner that proves science fact is more amazing than science fiction. * The Sun *
Nothing short of a thriller, revealing the luck, evolutionary twists and near-apocalyptical catastrophes that have led to the mammals of today, us included . . . Fascinating revelations come thick and fast * Guardian *
Deeply researched and entertaining . . . Brusatte's real achievement is to show us that, for all its sheer weight of numbers and impact, Homo sapiens is just 'a single point, among millions of species over more than 200 million years. -- Mark Cocker, * The Spectator *
Terrific . . . a saga on the grandest scale . . . beautifully told . . . Brusatte brings well-known extinct species, the sabre-toothed tigers and the woolly mammoths, thrillingly back to life * The Times, *
Stands out for its brilliant balance of scientific detail and lively, efficient storytelling * New Scientist *
Gorgeous book . . . fantastic writing, brilliant science. -- Alice Roberts, author of Ancestors