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The Glorified Dinosaurs: Origins & Early Evolution of Birds

The Glorified Dinosaurs: Origins & Early Evolution of Birds 



  • Luis Chiappe


  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Liss; New Ed edition (February 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471247235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471247234
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.91 pounds


Book Description

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. 



The most Authoritarian Book on the Subject, February 9, 2007

I think it has come to be pretty well accepted by most scientists that the songbird outside your window is a descendent of the dinasaurs that once reigned supreme.

This book by a renowned paleornithologist, gives the best summary yet of how the dinosaurs evolved into birds. It begins with the development of feathers, and continues with the earliest fossil samples, including the famous archaeopteryx. (As best I can tell there is only one archaeopteryx in the United States at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, Thermopolis. At this date the display for these fossils is being built. It should be open sometime in May, 2007, but check with them first.)

This book is current as to early 2007, reflecting all of the latest findings (especially in China) of the steps in the descent of the modern bird.

This book is lavisly illustrated with hundreds of illustrations from color photographs of fossils to line drawings showing the variations in skeletal structure as the birds developed. It uses high quality paper, printing and binding to insure a long useful life.