"The Last Days of the Dinosaurs": Why their end was our beginning and what an asteroid has to do with it
Created: 01/02/2023, 18:00
By: Jessica Bradley
"The Last Days of the Dinosaurs" by Riley Black is not only suitable for enthusiastic dinosaur fans.
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Science editor Riley Black worked on the well-known films Jurassic Park.
For the audience, however, dinosaurs were also created there that did not exist in reality.
But interest in the prehistoric creatures was rekindled and continues to this day.
Riley Black The Last Days of Dinosaurs: About the Book
Cover "The Last Days of the Dinosaurs" Riley Black © Goldmann Verlag
To this day, new and fascinating fossil discoveries continue to be made.
These bring us closer to the beings who walked the earth long before us.
Riley Black shows the current scientific research in this regard in her book "The Last Days of the Dinosaurs".
Welcome to the Cretaceous!
A Triceratops horridus ambles leisurely along the edge of a forest, roughly where the famous Hell Creek (Montana/USA) fossil site is now located.
But the idyll is deceptive, because in a few hours everything will be extinguished here, the lush green of the primeval plants will give way to the fire.
The Tyrannosaurus rex will be toppled from its throne along with most other dinosaur species.
The most likely cause of this catastrophe 66 million years ago is an asteroid which, when it hit the Gulf of Mexico, triggered massive climate change and led to the extinction of 75% of the species living at that time.
Riley Black "The Last Days of the Dinosaurs": My Conclusion
As a dinosaur fan who spent the weekends admiring fossils and replica dinosaur skeletons at the Natural History Museum with the kids, I was very excited to read this book.
Written in a way that is easy to understand, it takes you back to the days of the giants.
Riley Black "The Last Days of the Dinosaurs"
2022, Goldmann Verlag;
Price: hardback €24, e-book €19.99, number of pages: 352 (deviating from the format)
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The US science editor has been a big fan of fossils and dinosaurs since she was a child.
She is the author of several non-fiction and children's books on primeval phenomena and has published in various print and online magazines, including
She lives in Salt Lake City/Utah – in the middle of dinosaur country.