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I’ve just returned from Science Online 2013 with a galley proof of Brian Switek‘s new book, My Beloved Brontosaurus.


“Switek reunites us with these mysterious creatures as he visits desolate excavation sites and hallowed museum vaults, exploring everything from the sex life of Apatosaurus and T. rex’s feather-laden body to just why dinosaurs vanished. (And of course, on his journey, he celebrates the book’s titular hero, “Brontosaurus”—who suffered a second extinction when we learned he never existed at all—as a symbol of scientific progress.”

I dove into the book on the plane ride home, and I’m loving it! So, I am inviting fellow SciO13 attendees who snagged a copy (and anyone else with a copy, for that matter) to join me in a read-along on Twitter. Whether you’re at home, or on a mobile device, you can join in the conversation and share your thoughts about the book.

Here’s how it works:

  • I’ll post a schedule, below, for discussion of each chapter. You can read ahead, but don’t tweet ahead so that we don’t spoil it for each other! (Don’t worry, I will send out reminders on Twitter.)
  • Each week, we’ll have an hour to tweet and chat about the reading together. I’ll pick different days and times to try to accommodate everyone.
  • Don’t worry if you can’t make it during the scheduled time.  Feel free to continue the conversation throughout the week, and I will Storify our discussion of each chapter!
  • Use the hashtag #dinochat to discuss the book. Search the hashtag to see what others are saying about it.

Brian has graciously agreed to do a G+ Hangout with the Mad Scientist Book Club at the end of the read. Watch the #dinochat hastag for the date as we get closer to the end of the book. If you don’t have a copy of the book and would like to pre-order it, you can do that at You can also check out Brian’s work at National Geographic and Slate.

Reading Schedule:

Tuesday, Feb. 5 @ 7pm EST: Prologue (yes, that’s tomorrow!)

Monday, Feb. 11 @ 8pm EST: Chapters 1 & 2

Sunday, Feb. 17 @ 4pm EST: Chapters 3 & 4

Tuesday, Feb. 26 @ 9pm EST: Chapters 5 & 6

Wednesday, March 6 @9pm EST: Chapters 7 & 8

Saturday, March 16 @ 12 NOON EST: Chapters 9, 10, & Epilogue

Please comment, let me know if there are any errors in the schedule. Happy Reading!!

Links to Storify Posts: 

#Dinochat – Chapters 1 & 2

#Dinochat – Chapters 3 & 4

#Dinochat – Chapters 5 & 6

#Dinochat – Chapters 7 & 8 – Coming soon!

#Dinochat – Chapters 9 & 10 – Coming soon!