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5.0 out of 5 stars Great birdwatchers guide-format for birds you'd otherwise never see., 31 Dec. 2012
This review is from: A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and Other Winged Dinosaurs (Paperback)
This is a science-heavy guide, presented for the time-traveling backpacker in the guide format familiar to any bird-watchers out there. We are presented with wonderfully fluffy specimens, occasionally in display pose and text. Lots of text. I'll be chewing on this for a while, but I can assure you - it assumes a basic familiarity with vocabulary such as `remiges', `phylogeny', `tibia' and `tarsus' - only the last two of which make it into the glossary, but whereas Yesterdays seems primarily focused on the process and perception of artistic reconstruction, this guide is squarely focused on birds. Mesozoic birds.

One very minor disappointment is the quality of formatting and presentational graphics. The phylogenetic trees and associated timelines could be presented in more inviting ways, or more graphically, such as each specimen's time range, geographic location and habitat. (ie. was the Smokey Hill Chalk Member a woodland in the Cretaceous?) Minor critique aside, this is the book for the dedicated dinosaur / bird aficionado - perfect to test that little know-it-all pipsqueak in every family, to see if he / she manages to chew through this material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift Item, 22 Feb. 2014
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Gave this as a gift to Grandaughter who thinks it's the 'best book ever' arrived a little later than hoped but would use this supplier again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 15 Jan. 2014
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Wonderfull read, especially about what modern bird feather pigments tell us about what we do not yet know about dinosaur pigmentation (so far the fossil evidence is only for melanins, and irridescence in a few types). Classifications relating to different groups are confusing and don't link together well. Lots of illustrations, some for dino's I've never seen or heard of before
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Book, 30 Oct. 2013
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Interesting discussion on colour in fossil feathers. Amusing Field Guide format for species unlikely to be encountered in the wild.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine feathers, 3 Dec. 2014
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I really enjoyed this book, and I really like the idea of a field guide to extinct animals. It works really well, and really drives home the point about bird-y feathered dinosaurs. The reconstructions are realistic and accurate, and there's a section on reconstruction which is really useful. Top notch science!

I'm tempted to buy more copies of this and give it to people but everyone I know who likes this sort of thing already has it.

I wish I had something more sensible to say in this review, but honestly, I love this book.
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