We in the United States recently enjoyed a three-day weekend, ostensibly for the purpose of honoring fallen soldiers, though I suspect for most it’s just an occasion to shop and cook out before the summer heat becomes unbearable. I took advantage of the time off to read a few books: India Connected, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, and Change Agent, the latter of which has been reviewed already. A few more novels are in the offing, including Trouble is my Business (Raymond Chandler), Kill Decision (Suarez), Altered Carbon, and Limited Wish, the sequel to One World Kill.
First, the dinosaurs: as its title indicates, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a complete-as-possible history of our Saurian predecessors that focuses special attention on why and how they became such supersized creatures, as well as the demise of most of their kind. I say most because Brusatte argues that birds did not evolve from dinosaurs, but are literally dinosaurs. The development of feathers and particularly wings is addressed. The author believes wings first developed for display purpose, and feathers for insulation. Although remains of feathers have not been found with any T-Rex fossils, other tyrannosaurs (from small to large) were feathered, so it’s a fair bet that Rex was as well.