Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin of BirdsHardback
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- Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
- Format: Hardback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 226mm x 257mm x 23mm | 1,089g
- Publication date: 8 January 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0195372662
- ISBN 13: 9780195372663
- Illustrations note: 80 colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 98,213
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-colour 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. He 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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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.
By Mark O'Brien 29 Nov 2009
This book is the perfect bridge in its appeal to both adults and children- my ten year old first picked it up to look at the truly amazing paintings by Peter Schouten, and then I became enthralled by writer John Long's text. Of interest too (to both of us) are the accounts provided by the artist of how he came to determine the appearance of these dinosaurs - many of which are only to known to us by a bone fragment. He has traced an evolutionary line from modern birds to determine the colours, coverings and even in some instances the behaviours of these creatures. We are told that this is the first time many of these dinosaurs have ever been depicted. Fascinating stuff for young and old. Perfect for under the Christmas tree.
This volume is thought-provoking and attractive, and anyone (of any age) interested in dinosaurs will enjoy looking at it. Darren Naish, Fortean Times Peter Schouten's wonderful artwork is the focus of the book...Schouten's attention to detail is impressive. Darren Naish, Fortean Times This volume is thought-provoking and attractive, and anyone (of any age) interested in dinosaurs will enjoy looking at it. Darren Naish, Fortean Times This work would serve to fire the imagination of even the most recalcitrant of students. This book would not be out of place in the front room of any home. British Ornithologists' Union