"Contains many ideas which fly in the face of current orthodoxy... An interesting and provocative document." -- Paul Barrett, Times Higher Education Supplement
"Belongs on every paleontologist's shelf. The book is both long-awaited and surprising... It provides the best overview of Mesozoic birds currently available to the non-specialist... His discussions of the origins of flight include nice presentations of the anatomy of climbing and gliding... A useful book and I am proud to have it on my shelf." -- Peter Dodson, American Paleontologist
"A well-written and engaging book... likely to become an important document in the continuing evolution of the general question of bird origins." -- BioScience
"The thought of toppling Archaeopteryx from its lofty evolutionary perch is probably enough to ruffle some scientific feathers. But The Rise of Birds, as the title promises, delivers more than an interpretation of a single bird, however ancient. Most of the book is devoted to a thoughtful analysis of bird evolution and anatomy aided by useful drawings. Chatterjee forcefully argues a minority view that bird flight originated from the 'trees down.' He also reminds us why we should be, as we are, fascinated by birds and their origins." -- John Noble Wilford, New York Times Book Review
"This book is essential for academic libraries and paleontology buffs." -- Library Journal
"This book provides an excellent first introduction to [fossils of importance] to most ornithologists... I recommend [it] to anyone who wishes to learn more about the important late Triassic fossil Protoavis texensis and its significance in understanding the origin and early evolution of birds." -- Walter J. Bock, The Auk
"Rise of Birds is not only fascinating reading, throwing much new light on the evolution of vertebrartes, but its value is greater for its able analysis of the causes of mass extinction of species." -- Journal of the Geological Society of IndiaReseña del editor:
"I'm sure that May 21, 1986, will remain among the most memorable days of my career. On my way to Albuquerque, New Mexico, I had stopped in Lubbock, Texas, to study the Triassic archosaurs collected by Sankar Chatterjee from the Dockum beds of west Texas. I expected to see fossils of the large-headed carnivore Postosuchus, the armored herbivore Desmatosuchus, and the crocodile-like parasuchians. I wasn't expecting to see what I saw..." -- Lawrence M. Witmer, from the foreword
Dinosaurs are so popular that we often neglect their flying relatives that are still among us. Birds, the true "living dinosaurs," deserve considerable respect as successful vertebrates that have evolved, adapted, and survived over a period of 225 million years. The Rise of Birds is the first detailed, illustrated, and comprehensive review of the fossil record of birds in a modern phylogenetic context. Distinguished paleontologist Sankar Chatterjee provides a clear and exciting chronology documenting the long odyssey of birds since Protoavis -- which may have taken to the air some 75 million years before the widely known "first bird," Archaeopterix.
Throughout The Rise of Birds, Chatterjee offers a wealth of fascinating details from the colorful history of birds past and present. Among them: • Some intelligent theropods such as dromaeosaurs were arboreal and could climb trees with their swivel wrist joint and stiff tail. They were capable of parachuting and gliding from tree to ground.
• The discovery of downy theropod dinosaurs from China indicates that upper jaw mobility, not feathers, is the most distinctive characteristic of birds.
• Most birds were wiped out 65 million years ago, along with the dinosaurs, by large meteoritic impacts. However, few lineages of birds rebounded from this catastrophe and underwent an explosive evolution.
The Rise of Birds discusses the significance of all the many recently discovered bird and possible bird fossils, from Europe to China to Latin America. Chatterjee outlines the varying theories of how animal flight developed, and he explains, in terms of comparative anatomy, what makes a bird a bird. The book covers some of the greatest events in avian development: their emergence in the Triassic pangean world, their flight refinement and global diversification during the continental breakup of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, their sudden decline at the end-Cretaceous extinction, their rebound and explosive radiation dur-ing the Cenozoic era, and finally their destiny with us.
Beautifully illustrated by Michael W. Nickell, this book will be of interest to a broad range of readers, including vertebrate paleontologists, ornithologists, and amateur naturalists, including birders.
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