Glorified Dinosaurs

Glorified Dinosaurs

The Origin and Early Evolution of Birds

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The last few years have witnessed an unparalleled rate of discoveries of early birds and their dinosaurian predecessors. Written by a recognised authority in the field, Glorified Dinosaurs: The Origin and Early Evolution of Birds provides a comprehensive summary of these discoveries and addresses the fascinating topic of how modern birds evolved from fearsome dinosaurs akin to the celebrated Velociraptor. The book focuses on an evolutionary approach and presents current research and fossil discoveries. The title includes coloured photographs of fossils and fossil localities, many of which have been rarely reproduced elsewhere.

Glorified Dinosaurs: The Origin and Early Evolution of Birds is an invaluable resource for every palaeontologist, ornithologist, evolutionary biologist, geology and life sciences student. It is also an exciting reading for people interested in dinosaurs and avian evolution and for all those with a general interests in the topic.

Publisher: Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley, 2007
ISBN: 9780471247234
Branch Call Number: 568 CHIAPPE
Characteristics: ix, 263 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 29 cm


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Nov 24, 2016

This is a large format book, with copious color plates and many diagrams. It is full of technical terms, but there are sidebars every third or fourth page that help in understanding the material. The author follows the evolutionary history of birds, reviewing proposed ancestors in the chronological order of their discovery, discussing the various theories supporting each candidate, and updating his view of the family tree after each discussion. Some of the discussions are a bit barbed. Each section of the book contains cladograms demonstrating the branches of the family tree(s), in some cases presenting possible variations based on incomplete or currently (2007) lacking information.
If you are interested in the dinosaur/bird connection, and like scientific terms, rather long sentences, and sometimes tortured grammar, this is the book for you.


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