Living Dinosaurs: The Evolutionary History of Modern Birds

Living Dinosaurs: The Evolutionary History of Modern Birds

Editor(s): Gareth Dyke, Gary Kaiser

Published Online: 20 APR 2011 03:58AM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470656662

Online ISBN: 9781119990475

DOI: 10.1002/9781119990475

About this Book

Living Dinosaurs offers a snapshot of our current understanding of the origin and evolution of birds.  After slumbering for more than a century, avian palaeontology has been awakened by startling new discoveries on almost every continent. Controversies about whether dinosaurs had real feathers or whether birds were related to dinosaurs have been swept away and replaced by new and more difficult questions: How old is the avian lineage? How did birds learn to fly? Which birds survived the great extinction that ended the Mesozoic Era and how did the avian genome evolve? Answers to these questions may help us understand how the different kinds of living birds are related to one another and how they evolved into their current niches. More importantly, they may help us understand what we need to do to help them survive the dramatic impacts of human activity on the planet.

Table of contents

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  1. Part 1: Introduction: the Deep Evolutionary History of Modern Birds

  2. Part 2: “The Contribution of Paleontology to Ornithology”: the Diversity of Modern Birds: Fossils and the Avian Tree of Life

  3. Part 3: The Evolution of Key Avian Attributes

    1. Chapter 10

      Morphological and Behavioral Correlates of Flapping Flight (pages 257–281)

      Bret W. Tobalske, Douglas R. Warrick, Brandon E. Jackson and Kenneth P. Dial

  4. Part 4: The Future: Conservation and Climate Change

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