MESOZOIC BIRDS
Above the Heads of Dinosaurs

Edited by LUIS M CHIAPPE and LAWRENCE M WITMER
536pp 110 PHOTOS 120 FIGS 2002 LIST PRICE: £72.00 N086

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Description
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 includes 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 and the book features descriptions and illustrations of taxa that previously have received only brief notice, such as the alvarezsaurid Shuvuuia, Eoalulvis, Vorona and Patagopteryx, and the hesperornithiform Enaliornis.