The Origin of Birds
Through spectacular double-page illustrations and informative text, this book dramatically brings to life all the known groups of dinosaurs that bore feathers.
New fossil evidence makes clear that not all dinosaurs suffered extinction 65 million years ago. It’s a revelation that has profoundly changed the way we perceive the natural world and has given us a new understanding about the origins of birds. We now believe that all living birds are descendants of certain predatory dinosaurs, the theropods. Indeed, many theropods are preserved with feathers as part of their skin. The transition from small, feathered dinosaur to primitive flying bird is now accepted as an anatomically seamless evolutionary event. + Full description
Feathered Dinosaurs dramatically brings to life all the known groups of dinosaurs that bore feathers. Through the eyes of one of the world’s most acclaimed natural history artists, Peter Schouten, their peculiar physical traits are matched with living creatures to develop a series of imaginative life paintings of this fascinating extinct group. Palaeontologist and popular science author John Long provides an easily readable text that explains each of the steps in going from dinosaur to bird, and how flight evolved.- Short description
…a highly readable, beautifully illustrated book that is a must-have for anyone with an interest in evolution, palaeontology, the origins of birds, and, of course, dinosaurs. Long and Schouten deserve a round of applause for this carefully crafted, unique and fascinating book.
Anne Musser, Explore (Australian Museum Magazine), December 2009-February 2010
"This is a highly readable book by eminent palaeontologist John Long for anyone with a fascination with fossils, dinosaurs and the (controversial) origin of birds."
WINGSPAN, December 2008
"…a highly readable, beautifully illustrated book that is a must-have for bibliophiles. Peter Schouten, rightly credited as one of the authors, has produced a remarkable set of illustrated reconstructions that reflect a fine eye for anatomical details with a flair for composition. I highly recommend Feathered Dinosaurs to anyone interested in vertebrate history, the origins of birds, and in fact all things dinosaurian (the illustrations and short species accounts make this book accessible to even younger readers with an interest in dinosaurology)."
Anne Musser, Linnean Society of New South Wales Newsletter, No 132, July 2009
"I love the book. It makes a handy reference and the illustrations are superb, progressing from unquestionable 'dinosaurs' to clearly 'avian' forms."
Greg Czechura, WILDLIFE Australia Magazine, 2008
DetailsHardback | April 2008 | $ 49.95
ISBN: 9780643094345 | 208 pages | 255 x 225 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
- Foreword by Dr Luis Chiappe, Chairman, Department of Vertebrate Palaeontology, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
- 80 spectacular double-page illustrations by one of Australia’s foremost natural history artists
- Succinct summaries of the scientific knowledge and possible lifestyles of each dinosaur and fossil bird
- Extensive bibliography with references including works published in 2007