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The Secret Dinobird Story: Dinosaur, bird, dog and human evolution elucidated at last as palaeontology gets real science
 
 

The Secret Dinobird Story: Dinosaur, bird, dog and human evolution elucidated at last as palaeontology gets real science [Kindle Edition]

John Jackson
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This book resolves many long-standing mysteries of the three types of creature you usually see outside your house. So don't buy it if you're going to call the author a know-all. Neither science, nor Amazon books, needs illogical reviews. If it's not to your taste to be fed nonsense for decades, and you want those who did it put in their place, read on! But if you can't fault the science, but think it’s your job to criticise those who themselves correct errors, then again, move on. Otherwise, prepare for an intriguing book!

Dinobirds hid their secrets so well, we only knew that the truths would turn out to be very, very strange. In this revolutionary 100k word book with 70 illustrations, John Jackson (artificial intelligence researcher, biological psychologist, and information scientist), brings long-overdue modern insights to a field he found stuck in the 1960’s. He clarifies at last the astonishing evolution of those feathered, fanged and strangely unfathomable stars of evolution, and on the way, provides a sorely-needed 14-point definition of science. Landmarks in bird evolution are detailed, including a friendly, cogent, but fairly thorough explanation of the bizarre intricacies and evolution of bird breathing; new analysis and elucidation of the four-winged flying style of microraptors; an overdue decent experimental scientific analysis of the use of Velociraptor’s predatory foot claw (it WAS deadly after all); untying of the Gordian knot of the family tree of troodonts, dromaeosaurs, primitive birds... and feathers; a survey of current knowledge of bird families along with thoughts on their extinction and survival patterns; details of how to write cladogram (family tree) generating programs, along with some important new guidelines for that discipline; a guide to major currents in dinobird palaeontology over the last twenty years... and finally the strange revelations resulting from using 21st century philosophy of science on human and dog evolution.

Discovering at last the genuine story of dinosaurs, birds and their flight requires competence in a variety of fields, yet most palaeontologists start work with only a geology degree. Wouldn’t a biological degree help when studying animals? (A bit, but it’s not enough.) And is the palaeontologists’ understanding of their computer program for discovering family relationships spoiled by their surprising lack of qualifications in statistical algorithms? Are they right to insist evolution always took the straightest possible line, or is that view due to incompetence in that field – not to mention others such as the philosophy of science? Is their failure to quote the jargon, essential concepts, and even key workers in the core disciplines underlying palaeontology, reason to doubt their judgement, or does a geology degree genuinely grant such superior insight into these other fields that specialists in them can be ignored?

For years, palaeontologists have shunned outside experts, claiming that they alone, through organising excavations, running museums and relying on a 50-year-old computerised algorithm, are the best interpreters of biological evolution. Journalists have pandered to the palaeontologists: the BBC has persistently ignored revolutions in three major branches of vertebrate palaeontology, never having mentioned Aaron Filler, Janice Koler-Matznick, or the theories or name of Greg Paul, the most exciting and insightful dinobird scientist for over 20 years, and peerless dinobird draughtsman. Jackson defends and builds on Paul’s work including art commissioned from him, and shows how part of Paul’s theory fits with part of an earlier one, long wrongly abused but here vindicated.

The author’s broad background in disciplines where getting your theories right matters, and his independence, allow the book to tidy old muddles, put palaeontology back on its feet, and point out genuine solutions to riddles of the evolution of humans, dogs, and of course dinobirds.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6068 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AV7HXO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #479,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to rate! 28 Jan 2013
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This book is odd. It fails to find a level, and it is not clear who the intended audience are. Not really interested laypeople like myself, nor professionals in the field. Perhaps it was written just to satisfy a need in Mr Jackson himself. He describes himself as a biological psychologist, and cognitive/information scientist. I first thought he was an angry young man, then an angry middle-aged man. Finally, I found clues that he might even be an angry old man.

Despite the title, not very much of the book is about Dinobirds. Most of it is a rant against mainstream palaeontologists, those following the majority (but not the only) opinion on bird evolution. This same rant keeps recurring throughout the book, with much repetition of the author's main complaints. He believes that the mainstreamers, particularly those using cladistics as a major source of evidence, do not practice `good' science. Indeed, Jackson has appointed himself head of the SciencePolice, and drawn up a set of rules.
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These 14 rules start as good common sense, but deteriorate into verbosity. Indeed, the book is badly written, completely lacking in clarity. Surely the author has read Richard Dawkins (on evolution) and Ian Newton (on ornithology), both of whom have a beautiful clarity of style. Jackson frequently throws in irrelevant flip comments, often followed by a smiley so that the reader is aware that Jackson has made a joke. His sentences are long, the subjects for his verbs are often obscure or even missing, and his parentheses open but fail to close. I am thinking of appointing myself as Commissioner of the Punctuation and Grammar Police, and arresting Mr Jackson.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing......... 12 Feb 2013
By Darryl Holman - Published on Amazon.com
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Was hoping for a good deep dive into dinosaur and bird evolution ...........instead, got mostly long and detailed rants by the author telling us why most paleontologists are wrong and he was right. While many of his points may be correct, it created a convoluted and tedious melodrama, and I ended up skipping through half the book that had little or nothing to do with birds or dinosaurs.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice coverage of the subject 27 Jan 2013
By Valerie Baldwin - Published on Amazon.com
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I am always fascinated by the dinasaur to bird connection. This book does a great job updating the subject for me.
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