The rise of birds : 225 million years of evolution /

"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...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Chatterjee, Sankar (Author)
Format: Book
Published:Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.
Edition:Second edition.
Table of Contents:
  • Mesozoic Pompeii
  • The evolution of an airframe
  • The origin of birds
  • Archaeopteryx : an ancient wing
  • Protoavis : a precocious Triassic bird
  • Basal avialans : the long-tailed birds
  • Pygostylia : the short-tailed birds
  • Enantiornithes : global Cretaceous birds
  • Ornithuromorphs : the prelude to modern birds
  • The end-Cretaceous mass extinction
  • The avian revolution begins
  • The origin of flight
  • Eggs, embryos and heterochrony
  • Feathers and footprints
  • The feeding mechanism and cranial kinesis
  • Birds and humans.