Steve Brusatte

The Rise and Reign of the Mammals

County Buildings
Sat 1 Oct
15:00 UK

The story of mammals is as old as the dinosaurs. Some 200 million years or so. The difference is that it has continued to evolve ever since. There are now around 6,000 mammal species in the world. But we are the survivors of a huge family tree that has been cut back by time and mass extinctions. So, what is the secret of mammalian success? When did the story begin? Why did such famous examples as the sabre-toothed tiger and the mammoth die out? Palaeontologist Steve Brussate returns to the festival to give us chapter and verse of our own family history.

About the author

Born in the American Midwest, Professor Steve Brusatte is a palaeontologist at the University of Edinburgh. In his work he has discovered new dinosaur fossils on Skye and been science consultant for the latest film in the Jurassic World film franchise. His book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, was a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic.

Copies for Steve Brusatte's book The Rise and Reign of the Mammals are available here.

Copies for Steve Brusatte's book The Age of Dinosaurs are available here.

Filed in: history, non fiction