The Resource Riddle of the feathered dragons : hidden birds of China, Alan Feduccia, (electronic resource)

Riddle of the feathered dragons : hidden birds of China, Alan Feduccia, (electronic resource)

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Riddle of the feathered dragons : hidden birds of China
Title
Riddle of the feathered dragons
Title remainder
hidden birds of China
Statement of responsibility
Alan Feduccia
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "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"--
  • "Inspired by the spectacular discoveries of the past two decades from the Age of Reptiles in China, Riddle of the Feathered Dragons explores how these miraculous fossils have transformed the contentious arena of bird and dinosaur evolution. Aside from being the most comprehensive discussion of these avian and associated discoveries, the author delves into the world of investigative journalism to expose the darker side of the world of fossil birds and dinosaurs. The book exposes the massive unfounded speculation that has characterized the field of vertebrate paleontology and published extensively in the world's most prestigious journals, including everything from supposed dinosaur protein to so-called feathered dinosaurs. The book questions the validity of the foundational tenets of the now "unquestionable orthodoxy" of bird and dinosaur evolution, including bird origins, feathered dinosaurs, flight origin from the ground-up and hot-blooded dinosaurs and their proteins. It exposes how speculation has gone far beyond the ability of the currently available evidence to yield answers. The author concludes that birds are best defined by a more traditional definition of the possession of feathers and avian flight architecture, that the so-called "feathered dinosaurs" are most likely derived avians, and that flight clearly originated from the trees-down, from ancestors that antedated the dinosaurs, rather than a direct linear descent"--
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Feduccia, Alan
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QE871
LC item number
.F43 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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ebrary
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  • Birds, Fossil
  • Birds
  • Birds
  • Feathers, Fossil
  • Evolutionary paleobiology
  • Paleontology
  • Paleontology
  • SCIENCE / Paleontology
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Ornithology
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
  • NATURE / Fossils
  • Birds
  • Birds
  • Birds, Fossil
  • Evolutionary paleobiology
  • Feathers, Fossil
  • Mesozoic Geologic Period
  • Paleontology
  • China
Label
Riddle of the feathered dragons : hidden birds of China, Alan Feduccia, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Romancing the dinosaurs : blame to go around -- What did evolution's high priest say? -- The iconic Urvogel was a bird -- Mesozoic Chinese aviary takes form -- Big chicks : the flightless birds -- Yale's raptor : toward consilience, not consensus -- Appendix 1. A sliver of Urvogel bone : implications for endothermy -- Appendix 2. The persisting problem of avian digital homology
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 358 p.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300165692
Level of compression
unknown
Other control number
9786613425997
Other physical details
ill., map.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
  • 342599
  • 22573/ctt5qbx77
  • 98993B35-DD4D-49D3-BFE4-7E2B646DD387
System control number
  • (OCoLC)774394438
  • (OCoLC)ocn774394438
Label
Riddle of the feathered dragons : hidden birds of China, Alan Feduccia, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Romancing the dinosaurs : blame to go around -- What did evolution's high priest say? -- The iconic Urvogel was a bird -- Mesozoic Chinese aviary takes form -- Big chicks : the flightless birds -- Yale's raptor : toward consilience, not consensus -- Appendix 1. A sliver of Urvogel bone : implications for endothermy -- Appendix 2. The persisting problem of avian digital homology
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 358 p.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300165692
Level of compression
unknown
Other control number
9786613425997
Other physical details
ill., map.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
  • 342599
  • 22573/ctt5qbx77
  • 98993B35-DD4D-49D3-BFE4-7E2B646DD387
System control number
  • (OCoLC)774394438
  • (OCoLC)ocn774394438

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