Donald R. Prothero is a paleontology and geology researcher, teacher, and author. He is adjunct professor of geological sciences at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and research associate in vertebrate paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. His Columbia University Press books include The Story of Life in 25 Fossils: Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution (2015) and The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks: Tales of Important Geological Puzzles and the People Who Solved Them (2018).
After a couple of pages, Donald Prothero had me hooked...like attending the best kind of dinner party, replete with entertaining stories. -- Brian Clegg * Popular Science * This book is excellent. Rather than simply a profile of twenty-five dinosaurs, it puts each of these in context of its discovery and significance in terms of the science of paleontology, as well as comparisons with close relations. Thus, it covers hundreds of dinosaurs, not just twenty-five. -- Thomas R. Holtz Jr., University of Maryland This is a highly readable and compelling historical tour of our discovery of dinosaurs, and it focuses on many fascinating stories. It provides equal balance on both human history and the lives and adventures of the people behind the relevant dinosaurs, and scientific thinking on the dinosaurs themselves and adjacent areas of controversy. -- Darren Naish, author of <i>Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved</i> A grand tour of dinosaurs, from one of our most prolific natural history writers. I've been reading Donald Prothero's books since I began studying geology in college, and here he delivers again, with a romping chronicle of some of the most charismatic dinosaurs and the equally fascinating people who have studied them. -- Steve Brusatte, University of Edinburgh paleontologist and <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author of <i>The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs</i> Another entertaining trip through the history of science, this time focusing on paleontology. * Physics Today * Excellent summer reading! * Greg Laden Blog * [Prothero] delivers another winning popular science book...dinosaur buffs will be delighted, fascinated, and entertained. * Publishers Weekly * Solid proof that dinosaurs through scientific eyes are no less fascinating than they are in the movies. * Kirkus Reviews *