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The Rise of Birds
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The most comprehensive account of the origin of ancient and modern birds-the "living dinosaurs."

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second EditionPreface to the First Edition1. Mesozoic Pompeii2. The Evolution of an Airframe3. The Origin of Birds4. Archaeopteryx5. Protoavis6. Basal Avialans7. Pygostylia8. Enantiornithes9. Ornithuromorphs10. The End- Cretaceous Mass Extinction11. The Avian Revolution Begins12. The Origin of Flight13. Eggs, Embryos, and Heterochrony14. Feathers and Footprints15. The Feeding Mechanism and Cranial Kinesis16. Birds and HumansBibliographyIndex

About the Author

Sankar Chatterjee is the Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of geology and a curator of paleontology at Texas Tech University. He has led expeditions to India, China, Antarctica, and the American Southwest in search of dinosaur and early bird remains.

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Chatterjee takes us to where long-hidden bird fossils dwell. His compelling, occasionally controversial, revelations-accompanied by spectacular illustrations-are a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in the evolution of 'the feathered dinosaurs,' from vertebrate paleontologists and ornithologists to naturalists and birders... A must have for anyone with a serious interest in fossil birds. Birdbooker Report A beautifully written and illustrated volume on the origin and evolution of birds. -- Michael Hutchins The Rostrum

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