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The Origin and Evolution of Birds

Chris Merkord
  • Alan Feduccia Yale University Press 1996 New Haven, Connecticut United States http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/bookprinter.asp?isbn=9780300078619

    480 p., 8 1/2 x 11 , 534 b/w illus.

    English 01/01/1996 0300078617 9780300078619 No value No value

Winner of the 1996 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division award for excellence in biological science, given by the Association of American Publishers


This monumental book is a comprehensive and profusely illustrated exploration of all that is known about the origin of birds and of avian flight. Alan Feduccia, a leading ornithologist and evolutionary biologist, draws on fossil evidence and studies of the structure and biochemistry of living birds to present current knowledge and fresh data on avian evolution and to propose a major new model of this evolutionary process. This new edition of the book includes an updated analysis of the latest discoveries and literature pertaining to bird origins, "feathered dinosaurs," and bird evolution’s "Big Bang."

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