Living dinosaurs: the evolutionary history of modern birds

Dyke, Gareth and Kaiser, Gary (eds.) (2011) Living dinosaurs: the evolutionary history of modern birds, Chichester, GB, Wiley, 440pp.


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Living Dinosaurs offers a snapshot of our current understanding of the origin and evolution of birds. After slumbering for more than a century, avian palaeontology has been awakened by startling new discoveries on almost every continent. Controversies about whether dinosaurs had real feathers or whether birds were related to dinosaurs have been swept away and replaced by new and more difficult questions: How old is the avian lineage? How did birds learn to fly? Which birds survived the great extinction that ended the Mesozoic Era and how did the avian genome evolve? Answers to these questions may help us understand how the different kinds of living birds are related to one another and how they evolved into their current niches. More importantly, they may help us understand what we need to do to help them survive the dramatic impacts of human activity on the planet.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 0470656662 (print)
9780470656662 (print)
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Organisations: Ocean Biochemistry & Ecosystems
ePrint ID: 201257
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June 2011Published
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2011 11:06
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 01:24
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