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Living Dinosaurs: The Evolutionary History of Modern Birds [Hardcover]

Dr. Gareth Dyke , Gary Kaiser

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5 April 2011 0470656662 978-0470656662 1
Living Dinosaurs offers a snapshot of our current understanding of the origin and evolution of birds.  After slumbering for more than a century, avian palaeontology has been awakened by startling new discoveries on almost every continent. Controversies about whether dinosaurs had real feathers or whether birds were related to dinosaurs have been swept away and replaced by new and more difficult questions: How old is the avian lineage? How did birds learn to fly? Which birds survived the great extinction that ended the Mesozoic Era and how did the avian genome evolve? Answers to these questions may help us understand how the different kinds of living birds are related to one another and how they evolved into their current niches. More importantly, they may help us understand what we need to do to help them survive the dramatic impacts of human activity on the planet.

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“This book is a very useful synopsis of current understanding of avian evolution.”  ( Open University Geological Society Journal , 1 May 2013) “No student in the field of bird history should be without this work. Additionally, this volume will inform those seriously interested in vertebrate evolution.”  ( The Quarterly Review of Biology , 1 December 2012) “In short, Living Dinosaurs is a most worthy and well crafted volume. Its strength is in providing a surprising number of really good reviews of many aspects of bird evolution and history, generally written by leading workers in the respective areas. I personally found the book highly useful in my own research and ended up citing many of its chapters in a recently published review of the avialan fossil record (Naish 2012) . ”  ( Scientific American , 26 August 2012) “All in all, the book might be useful for those who wish to keep abreast of various aspects of avian evolution, especially specialists in the field and those with specific interests in the topics covered.” ( The Auk , 2012) "Recommended. Upper–division undergraduates through professionals." (Choice, 1 November 2011) "Living Dinosaurs offers a snapshot of our current understanding of the origin and evolution of birds . . . a must have for those with an interest in avian paleontology and/or systematics". (Guardian, 8 May 2011) "In Living Dinosaurs: The Evolutionary History of Modern Birds, researchers Gareth Dyke and Gary Kaiser set out to unite ornithologists and paleontologists to form a modern understanding of the evolution of birds at the beginning of the 21st century." (Bioscience Technology Online, 5 April 2011)

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Living Dinosaurs offers a snapshot of our current understanding of the origin and evolution of birds. After slumbering for more than a century, avian palaeontology has been awakened by startling new discoveries on almost every continent. Controversies about whether dinosaurs had real feathers or whether birds were related to dinosaurs have been swept away and replaced by new and more difficult questions: How old is the avian lineage? How did birds learn to fly? Which birds survived the great extinction that ended the Mesozoic Era and how did the avian genome evolve? Answers to these questions may help us understand how the different kinds of living birds are related to one another and how they evolved into their current niches. More importantly, they may help us understand what we need to do to help them survive the dramatic impacts of human activity on the planet.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Too Many 1's and 0's 13 Sep 2011
By Nils Helstrom - Published on Amazon.com
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A portion of the book is given over to reproducing pages of computer coding (1's and 0's) used to enter data into phylogenetic computer programs. Much of the discussion in the various articles also relates to these phylogenetic programs... if this is of interest to you, then I recommend the book. Personally I feel this is considerably less interesting than a straight forward review of the fossil record, not to mention that it will date very quickly. Also note that this is a collection of articles, and does not represent a comprehensive review of the subject. A reference book for those already steeped in the study of avian evolution, but not a good book for anyone else. I returned my copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condensation and popular dissemination of the current thoughts on the subject 6 Dec 2011
By dinowatcher - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent condensation and popular dissemination of the current thoughts on the subject. Much has been discovered in the past few years and reading between the lines within these papers, anyone can see what needs to be done next.
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