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4.7 out of 5 stars

on 31 October 2008
It is quite an opulent edition. Big book format, good quality paper and an abundance of colorful dinosaur illustrations. But on close inspection, some irritating flaws emerge.
First of all there is the "generalist" part of the book, laying the foundation for the species profiles. It discusses various carnivorous dinosaur families and how these seem to lead, by careful evolutionary steps, to the first birds. The text is interesting but the "dinosaurs-birds" connection comes through somewhat weakly. The arguments are there all right, but I have read much stronger propositions on the subject, "Dino-Birds" and "Glorified Dinosaurs" for instance. And there is virtually nothing on the most crucial question of the origin of flight
Then we come to the main part of the book, the profiles themselves. Well, there is a very good representation from all relevant dinosaur and bird families, with many obscure and / or recently discovered species, mainly form the current paleontologist's paradise, the Liaoning Province in China. The emphasis, of course, is on the feathered dinosaur species, but it seems to me that the author and artist take the opportunity to put feathers in as many reptiles as possible, even on scant paleontological evidence. Perhaps they thought this way it would be easier for the general public to understand the continuum between the two animal groups, but poetic and artistic license may go just a bit too far. Finally, the artist's comments on why he chose animal postures and colors were a nice documentation touch, but his arguments are not always convincing and the images themselves sometimes verge, to my opinion, on the kitsch.
Overall it is a good try on the subject, one of the most controversial in modern paleontology, but it could have done with less flamboyance and more quality and substance.
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on 29 February 2012
Beautiful And Informative

This is another of the new breed of prehistoric life books that concentrate on one type of animal. It is written at just the right level for the layman, but brings together a lot of very recent knowledge. The illustrations which are based on a mixture of speculation and the latest knowledge of feather pigmentation are beautiful.
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on 15 June 2017
Probably the best book that's been published on feathered dinosaurs.
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on 1 July 2016
Wonderful illustrations supported by in depth information on the background behind the discovery of the animals. Brief notes on the influences and references by the artist also provide the reader with more thought, making this book the complete package on the subject. For all Dinosaur fans and a must buy for bird enthusiasts alike. 👍
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on 12 February 2016
bought for my 10 year old nephew for his birthday. he loves dinosaurs and has all sorts of books about them. he loved this book and learned new things from it. fantastic!
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on 23 November 2015
Very interesting book and very nice illustrations. Arrived in good time and condition.
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on 11 July 2013
If someone should still have doubts about the fact that birds are the last living dinosuars,than he must read "Feathered dinosaurs.The author as well as the artist gives us a complete view of this very important transformation.In this book there is no place fof fantasy or imagination.Everything is based on scientific facts.A real pleasure to read it ,!
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on 19 June 2015
This is a marvellous book. Really informative on a fascinating subject and the illustrations are magnificent uniquely supported by the artists comments.
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on 25 December 2014
Great art work. particularly liked the later pictures of the very bird like dinosaurs.
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on 15 July 2010
This book is aimed at people with more than a passing interest in dinosaurs,who want a bit more info,up to date theories,and pictures of what feathered dinosaurs may have looked like.In short it is neither for kids,or academics,as it tries to balance science [mainly in the beginning of the book],and colouful pictures.

The book concentrates on the theropods[two legged dinosaurs],explaining the differant groups,[some well known like the tyrannosaurs,and raptors]some of which are not well known like therizinosaurs,dromaeosaurs,and troodontids amongst others.The book follows the journey from large meat eaters to small feathered dinsaurs,and ultimatley small birds.There are number of differant species at each stage of the process,makeing it a more in depth look into this particular part of natural history[as oppossed to more general over veiw offered by most books].

The pictures themselves are painted in almost an old fashioned way[no digital photo realistic pictures here],giving them a alternative reality quality,as if feathered dinosaurs were discovered much earlier.These images push the feathered dinosaur too the max,and are ahead of the curve in terms of mainstream perception.Some people will be put off by this,but I find it rather exciting,after all it's open to interpretation.The painter's notes on each animal try to explain the markings and there uses,display,camouflage and so on.I find this a useful and interesting insight,which you wouldn't get in other books.

Overall I found this book to be an interesting read,that adds to the books,magazine articles I already have.I find that no one veiw is definitive,and therefore should not judge the more fancieful aspects of this book too harshly.
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