The Rise of Birds

The Rise of Birds

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A small set of fossilized bones discovered almost thirty years ago led paleontologist Sankar Chatterjee on a lifelong quest to understand their place in our understanding of the history of life. They were clearly the bones of something unusual, a bird-like creature that lived long, long ago in the age of dinosaurs. He called it Protoavis, and the animal that owned these bones quickly became a contender for the title of qoldest known bird.q In 1997, Chatterjee published his findings in the first edition of The Rise of Birds. Since then Chatterjee and his colleagues have searched the world for more transitional bird fossils. And they have found them. This second edition of The Rise of Birds brings together a treasure trove of fossils that tell us far more about the evolution of birds than we once dreamed possible. With no blind allegiance to what he once thought he knew, Chatterjee devours the new evidence and lays out the most compelling version of the birth and evolution of the avian form ever attempted. He takes us from Texas to Spain, China, Mongolia, Madagascar, Australia, Antarctica, and Argentina. He shows how, in the qCretaceous Pompeiiq of China, he was able to reconstruct the origin and evolution of flight of early birds from the feathered dinosaurs that lay among thousands of other amazing fossils. Chatterjee takes us to where long-hidden bird fossils dwell. His compelling, occasionally controversial, revelationsa€”accompanied by spectacular illustrationsa€”are a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in the evolution of qthe feathered dinosaurs, q from vertebrate paleontologists and ornithologists to naturalists and birders. -- Alan Feduccia, University of North CarolinaBy repeating this maneuver it can fly thousands of kilometers without flapping its wings, and by tacking it can travel ... Many small birds, such as hummingbirds, beat their wings nonstop up to one hundred times per second to hover whileanbsp;...

Title:The Rise of Birds
Author:Sankar Chatterjee
Publisher:JHU Press - 2015-03-13


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