Thursday, October 28, 2010
1) James, Frances C.and John A. Pourtless IV. Cladistics and the Origin of Birds: A Review and Two New Analyses. 2009. American Ornithologists' Union (Ornithological Monographs: No. 66). Paperback: 78 pages. Price: $40.00 U.S.
SUMMARY: The authors have pursued two goals in this study: evaluation of whether the BMT (birds are maniraptoran theropod dinosaurs) hypothesis is as well supported as it has been claimed, and evaluation of alternative hypotheses for the origin of birds within a comparative phylogenetic framework.
RECOMMENDATION: For those with a technical interest in paleo-ornithology. This publication can be purchased here: http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780943610856