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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: UNSW Press (30 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174223366X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742233666
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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This book recounts the stunning fossil discoveries, the novel ideas, the cutting edge technologies and even the scientific mis-steps that took place while scientists documented the dinosaur-bird link. In very readable prose, with stunning illustrations and the necessary background material, "Flying Dinosaurs" recounts the cut-and-thrust of one of the most important paleontological advances of modern time.--Spencer Lucas, Chief Curator, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and author of "Dinosaurs: The Textbook"<br \><br \>

"Flying Dinosaur"s recounts the stunning fossil discoveries, novel ideas, cutting-edge technologies, and scientific missteps that took place as scientists documented the dinosaur-bird link. In readable prose, with stunning illustrations and the necessary background material, this book recounts the cut-and-thrust of one of the most important paleontological advances of modern time.--Spencer Lucas, chief curator, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and author of "Dinosaurs: The Textbook"<br \><br \>

Dinosaurs aren't dead. Birds "are" dinosaurs, an astounding fact brought to life by John Pickrell in his celebration of fossil discovery. From historic debates over how birds evolved from dinosaurian ancestors to how this ancient connection is enlightening our understanding of dinosaur lives, Pickrell adeptly shows readers the Velociraptor hiding inside a chicken.--Brian Switek, author of "My Beloved Brontosaurus "and " Written in Stone"<br \><br \>

A marvelous book. The moment life took to the air -- caught in stone!--Tim Flannery, environmentalist and paleontologist<br \><br \>

In "Flying Dinosaurs" John Pickrell challenges everything you were told about dinosaurs as a child.... Through extensive research and interviews with leading paleontologists, "Flying Dinosaurs" charts how each new discovery confirmed the link between dinosaurs and birds.... The author's fascination with dinosaurs is evident throughout the book. But his passion aside, it takes a skilled science writer to transform the incremental progress of a field such as paleontology into a narrative that sustains a book.--Nicky Phillips"The Sydney Morning Herald" (01/01/0001)<br \><br \>

[ "Flying Dinosaurs"] deftly covers the history behind the decades-old debate over just when and how birds first arose.--Bruce Dorminey"Forbes" (01/01/0001)<br \><br \>

Pickrell covers the history of changing thought on dinosaurs and the bird-dinosaur link.... Pickrell's book is well written and accessible, and thus is an excellent companion.--Greg Laden"Greg Laden's Blog" (01/01/0001)<br \><br \>

A detailed and timely overview of our rapidly-improving scientific understanding of how massive, lumbering dinosaurs evolved into agile, flying birds.--Mike Lee"The Conversation" (01/01/0001)<br \><br \>

A readable introduction to the subject.--Ian Paulsen"The Bridbooker Report" (01/01/0001)<br \><br \>

A remarkable book, with a wealth of interviews with palaeontologists and a comprehensive catalogue of virtually all the findings of feathered dinosaurs since 1996. It's a useful catch-up if you have lost track of this rapidly developing area of palaentology, and full of fascinating, unusual facts--did you know that birds are the closest living relatives to the crocodile?--Bill Condie"Cosmos Magazine" (01/01/0001)<br \><br \>

["Flying Dinosaurs"] deftly covers the history behind the decades-old debate over just when and how birds fir --Mike Lee"The Conversation" (01/01/0001)

A readable introduction to the subject.

--Ian Paulsen"The Bridbooker Report" (01/01/0001)

An exceptional read.... I would recommend this volume not only to dinosaur aficionados, who will find in its pages a plethora of interesting facts about dinosaurs and birds, but also to professional paleontologists who are looking for a comprehensive yet quick account on the most recent research in dinosaur paleontology.

--Marco Signore"Quarterly Review of Biology" (01/01/0001) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

John Pickrell is the editor of Australian Geographic and has also worked for Cosmos, New Scientist, Science, National Geographic and Science News in locations as far-flung as Sydney, London and Washington DC.

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A good introduction into flying reptiles
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Like many, I was fascinated by dinosaurs when I was a child, and that interest has continued to a lesser degree into my adulthood.

But what I "know" from my childhood has changed radically with the advances in palaeontology over the past few decades, and the discovery of many fascinating fossils that have dramatically developed what we initially assumed about dinosaurs.

This book - as the title suggests - takes as its theme the modern view that dinosaurs were the ancient predecessors of birds, and that many dinosaurs were feathered to some degree or another. Examples are drawn from the many fossils that have been found in recent years, and the new theories that have resulted from those discoveries.

The author writes with evident authority - his passion for the subject and mastery of the complexity of species spanning tens of millions of years are clear - and with a light touch that makes for a highly readable, enjoyable and immensely informative insight into a subject once close to my heart.

Having read this book, I will never watch Jurassic Park in the same way again. And I can see that I will continue to be - in the author's words - a "dino buff" for many more years.
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Interesting book. Definitely not an academic book. It is a bringing together of knowledge on feathers on dinosaurs. JP repeats information in a number of places. Worth a read if you have an interest in this.
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