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Mesozoic Birds free pdf Our knowledge of the origin and early evolution of birds has exploded since the late 1980s. In the 1990s alone, scientists became aware of approximately three times more species of early birds than were previously known, marking the first 85 million years of avian development as a period of remarkable species diversity. Assembling work by an international group of scientists, this text provides a wide-ranging source on early avian evolution. It provides a comprehensive examination of the known fossil record and is also a guide to the fast-paced developments in research. The text covers a wide range of topics, including discussions of avian origins, the fossil record of feathers and footprints, bone histology, and locomotor evolution. Controversial taxa such as Protoavis, Caudipteryx, and Mononykus receive special treatment. But the heart of the volume presents the anatomy, relationships, and paleobiology of the Mesozoic aviary. The book features descriptions and illustrations of taxa that previously have received only brief notice, such as the alvarezsaurid Shuvuuia- the enantiornithines Sinornis- Eoalulvis, Vorona, and Patagopteryx- and the hesperornithiform Enaliornis.

About Luis M. Chiappe

Luis M. Chiappe is Curator and Chairman of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He is the coauthor of Walking on Eggs (2001) and The Tiniest Giants (1999). Lawrence M. Witmer is Associate Professor of Anatomy at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and author of The Search for the Origin of Birds (1995).

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Author : Luis M. Chiappe
Publisher : University of California Press
Data Published : 05 December 2002
ISBN : 0520200942
EAN : 9780520200944
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 536 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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