Mesozoic Birds: Above the Heads of Dinosaurs by Luis M. Chiappe, Lawrence M. Witmer

By Luis M. Chiappe, Lawrence M. Witmer

Our wisdom of the beginning and early evolution of birds has exploded some time past ten to 15 years. within the Nineties on my own, scientists turned conscious of nearly 3 times extra species of early birds than have been formerly identified, marking the 1st eighty five million years of avian improvement as a interval of exceptional species variety. Assembling paintings via a global staff of well known scientists, Mesozoic Birds: Above the Heads of Dinosaurs is the main authoritative and updated resource on early avian evolution presently to be had. This exact source presents a entire exam of the identified fossil checklist and can also be an exceptional consultant to the fast moving advancements in present research.Mesozoic Birds: Above the Heads of Dinosaurs covers a variety of subject matters, together with discussions of avian origins, the fossil list of feathers and footprints, bone histology, and locomotor evolution. arguable taxa corresponding to Protoavis, Caudipteryx, and Mononykus obtain particular therapy. however the center of the quantity provides the anatomy, relationships, and paleobiology of the undisputed Mesozoic aviary. the various book's most fun good points are the hot definitive descriptions and illustrations of taxa that in the past have acquired in simple terms short realize, reminiscent of the alvarezsaurid Shuvuuia; the enantiornithines Sinornis; Eoalulavis, Vorona, and Patagopteryx; and the hesperornithiform Enaliornis.The foundation of birds and their courting to dinosaurs remain hotly debated between paleontologists, ornithologists, and evolutionary biologists. This state of the art reference turns into an important source for these attracted to this debate and within the many different interesting issues in terms of the evolution of the earliest recognized birds.

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