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The Jehol Fossils

The Jehol Fossils
The Emergence of Feathered Dinosaurs, Beaked Birds and Flowering Plants

by Pei-ji Chen,Yuan Wang,Yuan-qing Wang

  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release : 2011-09-02
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 0080557880
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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No other single volume reference to the Jehol site and its fossils exists and nowhere is there such a collection of fine photos of the fossils concerned. This book has pieced together the most up-to-date information on the Jehol Biota, a place that has shown the world some of the most astonishing fossil finds including the first complete skeleton of Archaeopteryx in 1861, four-winged dinosaurs- many feathered ones, the first beaked bird, the first plants with flowers and fruits, and thousands of species of invertebrates. Authors shed new light on a number of interesting theoretical issues in evolutionary biology today, such as the origin and early evolution of some major taxonomic groups. The first two chapters give an inviting introduction to the Jehol Biota in terms of its history of study, its main components, its scientific importance, its geographical, geological and biostratigraphic framework, and its renowned fossil discoveries. Each of the remaining chapters deals with a particular organismal group of the Biota written by leading experts. The book is lavishly illustrated with nearly 280 illustrations, which include 200 photographs that show the diversity of the taxa and beauty of their preservation. The colored life restorations, elegantly done by some of China's most celebrated scientific illustrators, give a kiss of life to the dead bones. Although targeted primarily at an educated public, the book is also an invaluable source of information for students and professionals in paleontology, geology, evolutionary biology and science education in general. * Authoritative introduction to an exciting, classic Mesozoic site home to many of the world's most important and best preserved fossils * Clear informative text accessible to the professional and lay reader alike * Over 200 high quality photographs of a wide range of extraordinary fossils * Beautiful colour paintings depicting reconstructed animals and plants in lifelike landscapes * Lavish, large format, high quality production

Birds of Stone

Birds of Stone
Chinese Avian Fossils from the Age of Dinosaurs

by Luis M. Chiappe,Meng Qingjin

  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release : 2016-11
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN : 1421420244
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When fossils of birds from China’s Jehol region first appeared in scientific circles, the world took notice. These Mesozoic masterpieces are between 120 and 131 million years old and reveal incredible details that capture the diversity of ancient bird life. Paleontologists all over the world began to collaborate with Chinese colleagues as new and wondrous fossil-related discoveries became regular events. The pages of National Geographic and major scientific journals described the intricate views of feathers as well as food still visible in the guts of these ancient birds. Now, for the first time, a sweeping collection of the most interesting of Jehol’s avian fossils is on display in this beautiful book. Birds of Stone makes visible the unexpected avian diversity that blanketed the earth just a short time (geologically speaking) after a dinosaur lineage gave rise to the first birds. Our visual journey through these fossils is guided by Luis M. Chiappe, a world expert on early birds, and Meng Qingjin, a leading figure in China's natural history museum community. Together, they help us understand the "meaning" of each fossil by providing straightforward narratives that accompany the full-page photographs of the Jehol discoveries. Anyone interested in the history of life—from paleontologists to inquisitive birders—will find Birds of Stone an irresistible feast for the eyes and mind.

The Jehol Biota

The Jehol Biota
The Emergence of Feathered Dinosaurs, Beaked Birds and Flowering Plants

by Miman Zhang

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2003
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9787532373185
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Rise of Birds

The Rise of Birds
225 Million Years of Evolution

by Sankar Chatterjee

  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release : 2015-04-01
  • Pages : 392
  • ISBN : 142141614X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A small set of fossilized bones discovered almost thirty years ago led paleontologist Sankar Chatterjee on a lifelong quest to understand their place in our understanding of the history of life. They were clearly the bones of something unusual, a bird-like creature that lived long, long ago in the age of dinosaurs. He called it Protoavis, and the animal that owned these bones quickly became a contender for the title of "oldest known bird." In 1997, Chatterjee published his findings in the first edition of The Rise of Birds. Since then Chatterjee and his colleagues have searched the world for more transitional bird fossils. And they have found them. This second edition of The Rise of Birds brings together a treasure trove of fossils that tell us far more about the evolution of birds than we once dreamed possible. With no blind allegiance to what he once thought he knew, Chatterjee devours the new evidence and lays out the most compelling version of the birth and evolution of the avian form ever attempted. He takes us from Texas to Spain, China, Mongolia, Madagascar, Australia, Antarctica, and Argentina. He shows how, in the "Cretaceous Pompeii" of China, he was able to reconstruct the origin and evolution of flight of early birds from the feathered dinosaurs that lay among thousands of other amazing fossils. Chatterjee takes us to where long-hidden bird fossils dwell. His compelling, occasionally controversial, revelations—accompanied by spectacular illustrations—are a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in the evolution of "the feathered dinosaurs," from vertebrate paleontologists and ornithologists to naturalists and birders.

Earth and Life

Earth and Life
Global Biodiversity, Extinction Intervals and Biogeographic Perturbations Through Time

by John A. Talent

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2012-06-28
  • Pages : 1100
  • ISBN : 9048134285
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This volume focuses on the broad pattern of increasing biodiversity through time, and recurrent events of minor and major ecosphere reorganization. Intense scrutiny is devoted to the pattern of physical (including isotopic), sedimentary and biotic circumstances through the time intervals during which life crises occurred. These events affected terrestrial, lacustrine and estuarine ecosystems, locally and globally, but have affected continental shelf ecosystems and even deep ocean ecosystems. The pattern of these events is the backdrop against which modelling the pattern of future environmental change needs to be evaluated.

Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems, Second Edition

Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems, Second Edition

by Paul Selden,John Nudds

  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release : 2012-03-15
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1840766239
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems describes all of the main Fossil Lagerstätten (sites of exceptional fossil preservation) from around the world in a chronological order. It covers the history of research, stratigraphy and taphonomy, main faunal and floral elements, and the palaeoecology of each site and gives a comparison with coeval sites around the world. It includes all of the well-known fossil sites, such as the Burgess Shale, the Solnhofen Limestone, Mazon Creek, Rancho La Brea etc., and includes an appendix giving information on how to visit the sites and where to see the fossils in museum displays. Available now in its second edition, Lagerstätten included for the first time include Chengjiang, the Herefordshire Nodules and the Jehol Group. A welcome addition to the list of important localities of Cenozoic age is the White River Group, which preserves the finest examples of mammals around the Eocene-Oligocene boundary, including many now-extinct groups. The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with over 450 colour photographs and diagrams, and it is extensively referenced. Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems is essential reading to a wide range of students and professionals in palaeontology and related sciences, and to amateur enthusiasts.

Dinosaur Paleobiology

Dinosaur Paleobiology

by Stephen L. Brusatte

  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2012-04-30
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0470656573
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The study of dinosaurs has been experiencing a remarkable renaissance over the past few decades. Scientific understanding of dinosaur anatomy, biology, and evolution has advanced to such a degree that paleontologists often know more about 100-million-year-old dinosaurs than many species of living organisms. This book provides a contemporary review of dinosaur science intended for students, researchers, and dinosaur enthusiasts. It reviews the latest knowledge on dinosaur anatomy and phylogeny, how dinosaurs functioned as living animals, and the grand narrative of dinosaur evolution across the Mesozoic. A particular focus is on the fossil evidence and explicit methods that allow paleontologists to study dinosaurs in rigorous detail. Scientific knowledge of dinosaur biology and evolution is shifting fast, and this book aims to summarize current understanding of dinosaur science in a technical, but accessible, style, supplemented with vivid photographs and illustrations. The Topics in Paleobiology Series is published in collaboration with the Palaeontological Association, and is edited by Professor Mike Benton, University of Bristol. Books in the series provide a summary of the current state of knowledge, a trusted route into the primary literature, and will act as pointers for future directions for research. As well as volumes on individual groups, the series will also deal with topics that have a cross-cutting relevance, such as the evolution of significant ecosystems, particular key times and events in the history of life, climate change, and the application of a new techniques such as molecular palaeontology. The books are written by leading international experts and will be pitched at a level suitable for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers in both the paleontological and biological sciences. Additional resources for this book can be found at: http://www.wiley.com/go/brusatte/dinosaurpaleobiology.

Natural History

Natural History

by N.A

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2001
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems

Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems

by Paul Selden,John R. Nudds

  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release : 2012
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0124046290
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The first edition of Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems was widely praised for its coverage and approach in describing and illustrating 14 well-known fossil sites from around the world. The authors have now updated the text and added 6 new chapters with many new color illustrations. Following a general introduction to fossil Lagerst�tten, each chapter deals with a single site and follows the same format: its evolutionary position and significance; its background sedimentology, stratigraphy and palaeoenvironment; a description of the biota and palaeoecology; a comparison with other similar Lagerst�tten; and a list of relevant museums and suggestions for visiting the sites. This study of exceptionally well-preserved fossil sites from different periods in geological time provides a picture of the evolution of ecosystems through the ages. Covers several sites that are not listed in other Lagerstatten books making this the most comprehensive book on the topic; Beautifully illustrated throughout with more than 450 color photographs and diagrams; Provides value to a wide range of students and professionals in palaeontology and related sciences.

Avian Evolution

Avian Evolution
The Fossil Record of Birds and its Paleobiological Significance

by Gerald Mayr

  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2016-09-08
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN : 1119020735
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Knowledge of the evolutionary history of birds has much improved in recent decades. Fossils from critical time periods are being described at unprecedented rates and modern phylogenetic analyses have provided a framework for the interrelationships of the extant groups. This book gives an overview of the avian fossil record and its paleobiological significance, and it is the only up-to-date textbook that covers both Mesozoic and more modern-type Cenozoic birds in some detail. The reader is introduced to key features of basal avians and the morphological transformations that have occurred in the evolution towards modern birds. An account of the Cenozoic fossil record sheds light on the biogeographic history of the extant avian groups and discusses fossils in the context of current phylogenetic hypotheses. This review of the evolutionary history of birds not only addresses students and established researchers, but it may also be a useful source of information for anyone else with an interest in the evolution of birds and a moderate background in biology and geology.

Applications of High-precision Geochronology in Evolution and Mass Extinctions

Applications of High-precision Geochronology in Evolution and Mass Extinctions

by Su-Chin Chang

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2008
  • Pages : 326
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Aspects of Nonmarine Cretaceous Geology

Aspects of Nonmarine Cretaceous Geology

by Niall J. Mateer,Pei-ji Chen

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 1992
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Carnegie

Carnegie

by N.A

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2007
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Proceedings of the 5th Symposium of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution

Proceedings of the 5th Symposium of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution
Beijing, 1-4 June 2000

by Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution. Symposium

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2002
  • Pages : 311
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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本书收录了2000年4 月1 日在北京召开的古生物学进化研讨会的全部内容。

Terrestrial Conservation Lagerstatten

Terrestrial Conservation Lagerstatten
Windows Into the Evolution of Life on Land

by Nicholas Fraser,Hans-Dieter Sues

  • Publisher : Dunedin Academic PressLtd
  • Release : 2017-06-22
  • Pages : 450
  • ISBN : 9781780460147
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Evolutionary biologists have long been concerned by the incompleteness of the fossil record. Although our knowledge of the diversity of life in 'deep time' has improved, many lineages of extant animals and plants still have only sparse fossil documentation. Even groups with 'hard parts' that render them suitable for fossilization often only have a limited record. Thus, although the fossil record is viewed as critical to the reconstruction of the evolutionary history of life, many biologists question its utility. Fortunately, discoveries of occurrences of exceptionally preserved fossils, known as conservation Lagerstatten (Konservat-Lagerstatten), shed much light on the past diversity of life. This book reviews selected conservation Lagerstatten for terrestrial animals and plants throughout the Phanerozoic worldwide, and includes sites in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. The included essays demonstrate the enormous progress made in recent years, both in documenting the biodiversity of such extraordinary fossil deposits and also in elucidating the geological conditions for and biogeochemical processes behind the formation of conservation Lagerstatten. The book's contributions have been written by eminent paleontologists who have enlisted additional expertise to make each chapter as comprehensive as possible. The volume is edited by Nicholas C. Fraser of the National Museum of Scotland and Hans-Dieter Sues of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. [Subject: Paleontology]

Controls on the Distribution and Quality of Cretaceous Coals

Controls on the Distribution and Quality of Cretaceous Coals

by Peter J. McCabe,Judith Totman Parrish

  • Publisher : Geological Society of America
  • Release : 1992-01-01
  • Pages : 407
  • ISBN : 9780813722672
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Official Meeting Program

Official Meeting Program

by Ecological Society of America. Meeting

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2008
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Rise of the Dragon

Rise of the Dragon
Readings from Nature on the Chinese Fossil Record

by Henry Gee

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2001-11
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN : 9780226284910
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Over the past decade, fossil finds from China have stunned the world, grabbing headlines and changing perceptions with a wealth of new discoveries. Many of these finds were first announced to English speakers in the journal Nature.Rise of the Dragon gathers together sixteen of these original reports, some augmented with commentaries originally published in Nature's "News and Views" section. Perhaps the best known of these new Chinese fossils are the famous feathered dinosaurs from Liaoning Province, which may help end one of the most intense debates in paleontology—whether birds evolved from dinosaurs. But other finds have been just as spectacular, such as the minutely preserved (to the cellular level) animal embryos of the 670 million-year-old Duoshantuo phosphorites, or the world's oldest known fish, from the Chengjiang formation in southwestern Yunnan Province. Rise of the Dragon makes descriptions and detailed discussions of these important finds available in one convenient volume for paleontologists and serious fossil fans.

Unearthing the Dragon

Unearthing the Dragon
The Great Feathered Dinosaur Discovery

by Mark Norell

  • Publisher : Dutton Adult
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Here is the book that establishes the revolution in dinosaur science that has occurred in our generation. Dinosaurs are no longer thought of as lizards so much as birds. The transformation can be seen from the first Jurassic Park movie to the recent econstructions in the BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs in America where they appear as warm blooded and feathered, attending their young and brooding their nests. This transformation in popular culture is based on excavations at one profoundly important site in China- Liaoning. Here, told by the leading US researcher who has been to the site, Mark Norrell, the Chair and Curator, Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, is the definitive story of that discovery. Unearthing The Dragonis also a highly personalized account of being in a foreign land with a very different history of science, culture, and everyday social behavior

A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and Other Winged Dinosaurs

A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and Other Winged Dinosaurs

by Matthew P. Martyniuk

  • Publisher : Pan Aves
  • Release : 2012
  • Pages : 191
  • ISBN : 0988596504
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A comprehensive illustrated guide to the birds of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and their dinosaurian forebears. Each species is illustrated in multiple views with size and distinguishing features highlighted. Includes introduction summarizing current research into bird origins and evolution, and what we know (and don't know) about the life appearance and habits of the first birds.