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- DescriptionScientists have recovered more than a billion fossils, but discovery has been more breath-taking than the fossils recently found in rthern China, findings which prove that several families of disaurs had feathers, or feathery hair-like coverings, adorning their bodies. Now in the beautifully designed Feathered Disaurs, paleontologist John Long and illustrator Peter Schouten provide a stunning visual record of these extraordinary prehistoric creatures, illuminating the evolutionary march from primitive, feathered disaurs through to the first true flying birds. Schouten, an acclaimed natural history artist, has created 80 full-colour paintings that capture the striking physical traits of these feathered disaurs. Drawing on his extensive kwledge of the lifestyles of modern birds and mammals, plus the extant scientific data regarding how these disaurs might have looked and behaved, Schouten has produced t only the most beautiful but also the most accurate visual representations of these animals in print. Equally important, John Long, a ted paleontologist and widely published science author (with some 24 books to his credit), provides an engaging companion text that places these feathered disaurs within the larger family of disaurs-for instance, outlining their relationship to T. Rex and Velociraptor, species well kwn to Jurassic Park fans. He discusses the factual information that can be deduced from their fossil remains, in effect providing an insightful natural history of this remarkable group. A true marriage of art and science, Feathered Disaurs presents an unprecedented visual record of one of the most significant breakthroughs in the history of vertebrate paleontology-the discovery that many predatory disaurs were cloaked with feathers, perhaps just as colorful and fanciful as those of their living relatives.
- Author BiographyJohn Long is Head of Sciences for Museum Victoria, Australia. A renowned paleontologist, he has collected fossils in Antarctica, Africa, throughout Asia, and has worked extensively in North America, Europe, and in every part of Australia. He has written or co-authored some 24 books, and in 2001 won Australia's prestigious Eureka Prize for the Public Promotion of Science. Peter Schouten is an award-winning artist and illustrator of natural history books. His books include A Gap in Nature and Astonishing Animals. He spent two years working on the 80 magnificent illustrations in this book.
- Author(s)John L. Long
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication08/01/2009
- SubjectNatural History: General
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Note80 colour illustrations
- Weight914 g
- Width234 mm
- Height261 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Illustrator(s)Peter Schouten
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