Reading about the new Triassic research was very interesting. Back in 2013, I read My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek and realized that there was a lot of work going on in that time period.
Interestingly, when I attended a lecture at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology back in October, the lecturer (whose name seems to have completely escaped me) was talking about crocodile hearts--namely that they were structurally like the heart of endothermic animals, so it looked like modern crocodiles were descended from warm-blooded ancestors. The pseudosuchians that Brusatte talks about seem to fill the bill--active predators who would have needed to be endothermic in order to pursue prey. Crocs have since become ectothermic ambush predators, but retain that endothermic heart structure.
I also appreciated his description of Bob Bakker on page 77:
"...renowned for his high energy lectures, delivered in the style of an evangelist testifying to his congregation."
This is exactly how Bob is! When he was promoting his 1995 novel Raptor Red, he stopped here in Calgary and gave an evening talk at the Calgary Zoo. I was a new docent at the zoo at the time and as a dinosaur enthusiast, I was there with bells on.
It was shortly after the Jurassic Park movie had come out (1993) and Bakker was talking about the raptors in that movie. The actual fossil velociraptors were only about turkey size, but Spielberg had deemed those "not scary enough" so he increased their size by several orders of magnitude. In the meanwhile, fossils of a large raptor called Utahraptor had been described and were about the right size. Bakker was calling Spielberg a prophet and urging us to "Praise Speilberg!" I got a great kick out of that evening.
I must admit that I was skim reading the notes and checking the index to this book last night and I'm a bit disappointed at how little Canadian scientists and older scientists of Bakker's vintage that this author cites. I live in a dinosaur hot-spot, with Dinosaur Provincial Park and the Royal Tyrrell Museum in my back yard and I know that a ton of significant fossils and research originate here. This may end up being my biggest disappointment with this book.
A reconstruction of Utahraptor (from Wikipedia).