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- DescriptionA small set of fossilized bones discovered almost thirty years ago led paleontologist Sankar Chatterjee on a lifelong quest to understand their place in our understanding of the history of life. They were clearly the bones of something unusual, a bird-like creature that lived long, long ago in the age of disaurs. He called it Protoavis, and the animal that owned these bones quickly became a contender for the title of oldest kwn bird. In 1997, Chatterjee published his findings in the first edition of The Rise of Birds. Since then Chatterjee and his colleagues have searched the world for more transitional bird fossils. And they have found them. This second edition of The Rise of Birds brings together a treasure trove of fossils that tell us far more about the evolution of birds than we once dreamed possible. With blind allegiance to what he once thought he knew, Chatterjee devours the new evidence and lays out the most compelling version of the birth and evolution of the avian form ever attempted. He takes us from Texas to Spain, China, Mongolia, Madagascar, Australia, Antarctica, and Argentina. He shows how, in the Cretaceous Pompeii of China, he was able to reconstruct the origin and evolution of flight of early birds from the feathered disaurs that lay among thousands of other amazing fossils. Chatterjee takes us to where long-hidden bird fossils dwell. His compelling, occasionally controversial, revelations - accompanied by spectacular illustrations - are a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in the evolution of the feathered disaurs, from vertebrate paleontologists and ornithologists to naturalists and birders.
- Author BiographySankar Chatterjee is the Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of geology and a curator of paleontology at Texas Tech University. He has led expeditions to India, China, Antarctica, and the American Southwest in search of dinosaur and early bird remains.
- Author(s)Sankar Chatterjee
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication22/05/2015
- SubjectLife Sciences: Zoology
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Note162, 1 black & white halftones, 161 black & white line drawings
- Weight1316 g
- Width216 mm
- Height280 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Edition Statement2nd Revised edition
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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