Dinosaurs of the Air
The Evolution and Loss of Flight in Dinosaurs and Birds
By (author) Gregory S. Paul
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Dinosaurs of the Air by Gregory S. Paul
Book DescriptionDinosaurs of the Air: The Evolution and Loss of Flight in Dinosaurs and Birds presents the most recent work of renowned evolutionary scientist and dinosaur illustrator Gregory Paul. Dinosaurs of the Air synthesizes the growing body of evidence which suggests that modern-day birds have evolved from theropod dinosaurs of prehistoric times. Paul argues provocatively for the idea that the ancestor-descendant relationship between the dinosaurs and birds can on occasion be reversed, and that many dinosaurs were secondarily flightless descendants of creatures we would regard as birds. Controversial and comprehensive, Dinosaurs of the Air also offers new, firsthand interpretations of major fossils; a balanced, rewarding discussion of the ways we think flight may have evolved (comparing "ground up" and "trees down" scenarios); a close look at the famous urvogel Archaeopteryx, discussing what it can and cannot tell us about bird origins; and in-depth analyses of bird and theropod phylogenetics. Full of rich detail for the specialist but accessible to the intelligent lay reader, the book includes the author's own stunning illustrations and a technical appendix which provides information, for example, on body mass/wing dimension relationships and avian/dinosaurian metabolics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801867637
(280mm x 216mm x 35mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gregory S. Paul
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Written and illustrated in the style of a naturalist's notebook, Ancient Earth Journal: The Late Jurassic shows readers what it would be like to stand alongside prehistoric creatures and dinosaurs.
Ancient Earth Journal: The Early Cretaceous, Hardback (September 2015)
Written and illustrated in the style of a naturalist's notebook, Ancient Earth Journal, The Early Cretaceous brings readers closer to prehistoric life than ever before.
Dinosaurs, Hardback (October 2010)» View all books by Gregory S. Paul
This is a large format field guide to the true dinosaurs, the Tetrapoda, which are divided into five groups. It covers more than 600 species with full treatment of every terrestrial species.
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Author Biography - Gregory S. Paul
Gregory S. Paul is a freelance scientist and scientific illustrator specializing in dinosaur evolution. Illustrations from his book Predatory Dinosaurs of the World, along with specific skeletal studies of theropods he was commissioned to prepare, were used in the making of the Jurassic Park movies.
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