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‘Jurassic Park’ Generation Gives Rise to Golden Age of Paleontology


Twenty-five years ago, the sci-fi thriller “Jurassic Park” captivated audiences with its depiction of living, breathing dinosaurs at an ill-fated theme park.

While the movie itself was hugely successful, not even director Steven Spielberg could have imagined the impact it would have on the field of paleontology, but it inspired a new generation of students from around the world to become dinosaur hunters.

Today we are living in a golden age of paleontology in which a new species of dinosaur is being discovered almost every week.

Rising from that “Jurassic Park” generation is Steve Brusatte, who got his start as an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago and is now a renowned paleontologist based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

He joins us to discuss his new book, “The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World.”

You can read an excerpt of the book here.


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