A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and other Winged Dinosaurs by Matthew P. MartyniukA comprehensive illustrated guide to the birds of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and their dinosaurian forebears. Each species is illustrated in multiple views with size and distinguishing features highlighted. Includes introduction summarizing current research into bird origins and evolution, and what we know (and dont know) about the life appearance and habits of the first birds.
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A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and other Winged Dinosaurs
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Martyniuk , is a comprehensive guide to the diverse fossil species spanning the evolutionary transition from the first feathered dinosaurs with wings in the mid-Jurassic period million years ago, to the late Cretaceous period and the first modern birds. Each caenagnathiform "oviraptor" , deinonychosaurian "raptor" , enantiornithean "opposite bird" , and other winged prehistoric bird species is illustrated in multiple views with distinguishing characteristics highlighted, allowing readers to experience how these species may have differed from each other in life. The illustrations and technical descriptions in this guide will illuminate the various pathways and side branches bird evolution followed during its first million years. More than just a companion volume for paleo-birdwatching, this guide is intended as an valuable tool for readers interested in learning about bird evolution, comparative anatomy, and the biology of the first birds, as well as a quick-reference for artists and researchers interested in accurately restoring Mesozoic birds and their closest dinosaurian relatives. Preview of interior pages:.