The success of the Jurassic Park movies shows that most of us never got over our love for dinosaurs from when we were little. In the past, we couldn’t understand as much of the mystery and science as we could now. The books on this list will help you learn more about dinosaurs’ secret lives, both real and made up. Ten of the best dinosaur books for adults are on this list, so check them out.
This list is mostly written by white men, except for Paige Williams and The Dinosaur Artist, which are written by women. I think that’s about all there is in terms of dinosaur books for adults to choose from. Please tell us if you know of any books written by a more diverse group of people.
Non-Fiction Dinosaur Books For Adults
The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams
You won’t find a lot of dinosaurs in this book. People who study fossils aren’t writing this one. In this book, the author does a lot of research into the world of fossils and how far some people will go to get their hands on a piece of history. “Super Tyrannosaurus”: This is the story of Erik Prokopi, who owns a T. Bataar. When he wants to sell it at auction, he gets into a fight with other people over who owns it.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte
In Scientific American, it was called one of the best science books of 2018. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is the most up-to-date book on dinosaur history out there. In this book, you will learn about the history of dinosaurs on this planet, as well as the work of a young American paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh. It’s a fun, interesting, and very educational book.
Dinosaurs―The Grand Tour: Everything Worth Knowing About Dinosaurs from Aardonyx to Zuniceratops by Keiron Pim
In this book, you will learn about more than 300 different kinds of dinosaurs from A to Z. A lot of different sources are used to get the information. Pim adds information about anatomy, astronomy, evolution, and mythology to finish the record.
Weird Dinosaurs: The Strange New Fossils Challenging Everything We Thought We Knew by John Pickrell
John Pickrell, a science writer and dinosaur fan, went around the world to find the most recent and interesting fossils. These fossils included an aquatic crocodile-like creature that was bigger than a T-Rex and a creature with bat-like wings that was found in China. The new technologies that were used to make these discoveries will also be talked about.
King of the Dinosaur Hunters: The Life of John Bell Hatcher and the Discoveries that Shaped Paleontology by Lowell Dingus
He found a lot of the most famous dinosaur skeletons out there, and many of his finds are in Yale, Princeton, the Peabody Museum, and the Carnegie Museum, where they are shown to the public. John Bell Hatcher Many of his discoveries were made in Wyoming in the 1890s. This is only a small part of what made this man a hero. Dingus looks into the life of this “real life Indiana Jones” in this very interesting biography.
Big Bone Lick: The Cradle of American Paleontology by Stanley Hedeen
In this story, we learn about how the fossil site known as “Big Bone Lick” came to be. The story starts with Shawnee legends about a herd of giant bison and a great salt lick. In 1739, European settlers “discovered” the fossil site, which they called Big Bone Lick. This discovery excited many people in what would become known as the United States, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. It made them think about the world in a different way and led to the study of fossils for scientific reasons. When you think of paleontology, think of it as the history of paleontology in the United States.
Fiction Dinosaur Books For Adults
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
It turns out that Michael Crichton didn’t write only one book about dinosaurs. Jurassic Park isn’t the only one. This new book is set in the American West in 1876 and tells the story of two paleontologists who are ruthless in their search for the best fossils. There is a bet between two Yale students, William Johnson and his long-time rival, called the “Bone Wars.” He just has to get through the summer in the west. When he works for famous paleontologists Cope and Marsh, it is more difficult than he thought it would be to do so.
The Dinosaur Hunter by Homer Hickam
Mike Wire used to be a homicide detective, but now he works as the foreman on a ranch in Montana. It is Norman Pickford’s job to dig up the fossils on the ranch when they are found. Soon, it is clear that these fossils are far more important than anyone thought. Someone even wants to die for them. Mike knows that murder can happen at any time. The book is a mix of science and mystery that is very interesting. It takes time, but the reward is worth it.
The Dinosaur Lords (Series) by Victor Milan
This book is called “A cross between Jurassic Park and Game of Thrones.” George R.R. Martin says it’s like that because one is his own work. We live in a world that isn’t very different from our own 14th century Europe, except for one thing: dinosaurs! They’ve been domesticated, used as beasts of burden, war machines, and more. They’ve also been used for many other things. You might like it if you can’t help but wonder what it was like to live during the time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
A Fun Dinosaur Book For Adults
Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-Up by Robert Saburda and Matthew Reinhart
You can put this on your coffee table to show off your love of dinosaurs. Don’t be fooled by the cover. Inside, you’ll find beautiful pop-up illustrations, fun facts, and stories about the history of paleontology, like the Bone Wars and the Victorian New Year’s Dinner held inside a dinosaur skeleton.