Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin of Birds

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Scientists have recovered more than a billion fossils, but no discovery has been more breath-taking than the fossils recently found in northern China, findings which prove that several families of dinosaurs had feathers, or feathery hair-like coverings, adorning their bodies.
Now in the beautifully designed Feathered Dinosaurs, paleontologist John Long and illustrator Peter Schouten provide a stunning visual record of these extraordinary prehistoric creatures, illuminating the ...

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Overview

Scientists have recovered more than a billion fossils, but no discovery has been more breath-taking than the fossils recently found in northern China, findings which prove that several families of dinosaurs had feathers, or feathery hair-like coverings, adorning their bodies.
Now in the beautifully designed Feathered Dinosaurs, paleontologist John Long and illustrator Peter Schouten provide a stunning visual record of these extraordinary prehistoric creatures, illuminating the evolutionary march from primitive, feathered dinosaurs through to the first true flying birds. Schouten, an acclaimed natural history artist, has created 80 full-color paintings that capture the striking physical traits of these feathered dinosaurs. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the lifestyles of modern birds and mammals, plus the extant scientific data regarding how these dinosaurs might have looked and behaved, Schouten has produced not only the most beautiful but also the most accurate visual representations of these animals in print. Equally important, John Long, a noted paleontologist and widely published science author (with some 24 books to his credit), provides an engaging companion text that places these feathered dinosaurs within the larger family of dinosaurs—for instance, outlining their relationship to T. Rex and Velociraptor, species well known to Jurassic Park fans—and discusses the factual information that can be deduced from their fossil remains, in effect providing an insightful natural history of this remarkable group.
A true marriage of art and science, Feathered Dinosaurs presents an unprecedented visual record of one of the most significant breakthroughs in the history of vertebrate paleontology—the discovery that many predatory dinosaurs were cloaked with feathers, perhaps just as colorful and fanciful as those of their living relatives.

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Editorial Reviews

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"With this handsome field guide you can spend an afternoon happily 'proto-birding' as it were, without leaving your living room."—Natural History

"This volume is thought-provoking and attractive, and anyone (of any age) interested in dinosaurs will enjoy looking at it."—ScienceBlogs

"The author and artist are to be congratulated on this superb book about the discoveries of feathered dinosaurs and their relationship to the origin of birds."—Zhonghe Zhou, Senior Research Fellow and Acting Director, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

"An astonishing glimpse of the world of dinosaurs. Something you could never imagine."—Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers

"An unprecedented visual record of one of the most significant breakthroughs in the history of vertebrate paleontology—the discovery that a diversity of predatory dinosaurs were cloaked with feathers, perhaps just as colorful and fanciful as those of their living relatives."—Luis M. Chiappe, Director, The Dinosaur Institute, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195372663
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 809,561
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Long is Head of Sciences for Museum Victoria, Australia. A renowned paleontologist, he has collected fossils in Antarctica, Africa, throughout Asia, and has worked extensively in North America, Europe, and in every part of Australia. He has written or co-authored some 24 books, and in 2001 won Australia's prestigious Eureka Prize for the Public Promotion of Science.
Peter Schouten is an award-winning artist and illustrator of natural history books. His books include A Gap in Nature and Astonishing Animals. He spent two years working on the 80 magnificent illustrations in this book.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Luis M. Chiappe Chiappe, Luis M.

1 Dinosaurs, Darwin and fossils 1

2 Mighty tyrannosaurs and their humble ancestry 7

3 Fleet-footed ostrich mimics 11

4 Ornitholestes, 'compys' and kin 13

5 The monster claws 15

6 The egg brooders 17

7 The deadly raptors 21

8 The little smart ones 23

9 Bird dinosaurs and dinosaur birds 25

The dinosaurs illustrated 29

Selected references 187

Index 191

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2009

    A Splendid Job!

    The artwork is gorgeous, the writing is captivating, and everything about it is just spectacular! Schouten immerses you into a forgotten world, but one that is now shedding new light into one of our closest neighbors: the birds. Long accompanies the artwork with dinosaur expertise, painting the pictures before they are drawn. I hope that Schouten will continue to take us to other hidden worlds with his art. I also hope that other authors are aware of this book, and are keen to follow it's example.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2009

    Most interesting

    I have some biology background but not specialist and this book has fascinated me since I opened the first page.I has changed my old time vision of paleontology,and specially about dinosaurs!!
    If you are interested in the dinosaur subject I can assure you it will catch you as it did to me!!Gorgeous pictures too!!

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