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Brian Switek: My Beloved Brontosaurus

Like so many American kids, Salt Lake City resident Brian Switek went through a “dinosaur phase.” Unlike most of them, however, he never quite grew out of his. And when he grew up and made a career out of ongoing study of dinosaurs, he realized that many of the things he learned about them during his childhood “phase” weren’t true.

My Beloved Brontosaurus—taking its name from the most popular creature that was lost to revised taxonomy—provides a charming journey through the ways we’ve had to revise our thinking about the fascinating prehistoric creatures over the past 150 years. Making scientific concepts accessible using a playful voice, in the manner of Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Malcolm Gladwell, Switek guides readers through the ever-shifting world of conventional dino-wisdom, from why they became the dominant life form of their time, to what they looked like outside those giant bones, and even covering how they might have had sex. (Scott Renshaw)

Date: Apr 16, 2013
Time: 7 pm
Phone: 801-484-9100
Address: 1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City , 84105
Where: The King's English Bookshop