• The Modern Scholar

  • Behold the Mighty Dinosaur
  • By: John Kricher
  • Narrated by: John Kricher
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Lecture
  • Release date: 08-18-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (149 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dinosaurs have been a source of fascination ever since their discovery in England early in the 19th century. Before their extinction, dinosaurs dominated Earth's terrestrial habitats for about 160 million years, far longer than primates. Dinosaurs present the ultimate puzzle in forensic science, but we have learned a great deal about them in the last 50 years. This lecture series will explain the evolutionary and ecological relationships among dinosaurs, what it might have been like to be present in the Mesozoic Era, and the question of what ultimately brought about the total extinction of all dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous Period. Although extinct, dinosaurs have never been more a focus of science than they are today.
©2007 John Kricher (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ingwe on 04-03-13


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Such a great series of lectures about dinosaurs. Very comprehensive. Gives a history of paleontology and goes into the evolution of dinosaurs throughout the Mesozoic era. Also discusses the role of dinosaurs in pop culture and details all the things they got wrong/got right in Jurassic Park (among others). Very entertaining lecturer. Recommended to anyone interested in dinosaurs.

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5 out of 5 stars
By C. on 04-18-09


Audio lectures don't get any better than this. In this series, John Kricher takes us through his subject both broad an deep. Starting with delightful lighter chapters about discovery history, pop culture and movies about dinosaurs, he does not fall short when comes down to the details. In perfect pace, perfect structure, perfect sequence, he takes us from one interesting aspect to the next. At any moment he make us feel the solid science behind his facts. It is unbelievable how much can be derived from looking at just the fossil bones, in comparison with properties of living creatures. Prof. Kricher manages to pursue 30-minutes-long, complex arguments without ever loosing the reader. I am stunned by this performance, I wish more of my teachers had been of this quality. This book cannot be recommend highly enough.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Irena on 10-27-08


This is an extremely interesting set of 16 30 minutes lectures about dinosaurs
that recently has become available for download at www.audible.com.
A lecturer practically brings dinosaurs to life in all their glory and ore.
He is not only an insider in paleonthological research but also a great storyteller and the course is full not only with descriptions of different dinosaurs species but also with stories about people that discovered and reconstructed dinosaurs and with many amazing topics like evolving of life on earth, evolution of dinosaurs, dinosaurs in pop culture, birds as modern dinosaurs, warm blooded dinosaurs, Bone Wars and of course disappearance of dinosaurs. The story of Bone Wars alone which I never heard about before makes the course worth listening.
I did not have great expectations from these lectures but I ended up enjoying every minute of listening.

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5 out of 5 stars
By patrina on 04-10-13

behold the mighty dinosaur

If you want to learn about dinosaurs and their origins as well as the origins and development of our understanding of them then this is the series of lectures to listen to. John Kricher takes a delight in his subject that I have rarely heard before and takes you along with him all the way.

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