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Riddle of the Feathered Dragons

Chris Merkord
  • Hidden Birds of China Alan Feduccia Yale University Press 2012 New Haven, Connecticut United States http://yalepress.yale.edu/book.asp?isbn=9780300164350

    368 p., 7 x 10

    242 b/w illus.


    Google eBook: ISBN 0300165692, 9780300165692

    English , Palearctic, , China, 04/29/2014 0300164351 9780300164350 01/20/2012 0300205759 9780300205756 No value 9780300165692

Examining and interpreting recent spectacular fossil discoveries in China, paleontologists have arrived at a prevailing view: there is now incontrovertible evidence that birds represent the last living dinosaur. But is this conclusion beyond dispute? In this book, evolutionary biologist Alan Feduccia provides the most comprehensive discussion yet of the avian and associated evidence found in China, then exposes the massive, unfounded speculation that has accompanied these discoveries and been published in the pages of prestigious scientific journals.


Advocates of the current orthodoxy on bird origins have ignored contrary data, misinterpreted fossils, and used faulty reasoning, the author argues. He considers why and how the debate has become so polemical and makes a plea to refocus the discussion by “breaking away from methodological straitjackets and viewing the world of origins anew.” Drawing on a lifetime of study, he offers his own current understanding of the origin of birds and avian flight.

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