Living Dinosaurs: The Evolutionary History of Modern Birds

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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.

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Gareth Dyke is a vertebrate palaeontologist who specialiseson the evolution of birds and their flight. He has worked on birdsof all ages, from the 140 million years old Archaeopteryxright through to the bones of living ducks and gamebirds. He hassearched for fossils all over the world, but has a particularinterest in the geology and palaeontology of Eastern Europe. He hasworked in Ireland since 2002.

Gary Kaiser worked as a field biologist in Canada'smigratory bird program from 1968 until retirement in 1999. Hespecialized in the capture and tagging of birds, particularlyseabirds but began to study avian evolution in 1995. He combinedthis new interest with knowleddge gained from handling birds towrite Inner Bird in 2007. He has also contributed toBirds of British Columbia and Seabirds of the Russian FarEast.

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“This book is a very useful synopsis of currentunderstanding of avian evolution.”  (Open UniversityGeological Society Journal, 1 May 2013)

“No student in the field of bird history should be withoutthis work. Additionally, this volume will inform those seriouslyinterested in vertebrate evolution.”  (The QuarterlyReview of Biology, 1 December 2012)

“In short, Living Dinosaurs is a most worthy andwell crafted volume. Its strength is in providing a surprisingnumber of really good reviews of many aspects of bird evolution andhistory, generally written by leading workers in the respectiveareas. I personally found the book highly useful in my own researchand ended up citing many of its chapters in a recently publishedreview of the avialan fossil record (Naish2012).”  (Scientific American, 26 August2012)

“All in all, the book might be useful for those who wishto keep abreast of various aspects of avian evolution, especiallyspecialists in the field and those with specific interests in thetopics covered.” (The Auk, 2012)

"Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates throughprofessionals." (Choice, 1 November 2011)

"Living Dinosaurs offers a snapshot of our current understandingof the origin and evolution of birds . . . a must have for thosewith an interest in avian paleontology and/or systematics".(Guardian, 8 May 2011)

"In Living Dinosaurs: The Evolutionary History of Modern Birds,researchers Gareth Dyke and Gary Kaiser set out to uniteornithologists and paleontologists to form a modern understandingof the evolution of birds at the beginning of the 21st century."(Bioscience Technology Online, 5 April 2011)

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