Michael J. Benton is Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology and head of the Palaeobiology Research Group at the University of Bristol, which was identified by the Center for World University Rankings as the top palaeontology research group in the world. He has written more than fifty books, including the standard textbooks in palaeontology and When Life Nearly Died, also published by Thames & Hudson. Benton regularly offers media comment on new dinosaur discoveries.
I defy anyone who is, like me, a non-scientist to read it and not feel a sense of wonder. Benton's prose is a model of science writing--energetic without being hyperactive, illustrative without loosing a swarm of irritating metaphors, alive to the reader's curiosity without pandering to the reader's ignorance.