Sunday, December 16, 2012
SUMMARY: This new book, written and illustrated by paleoartist Matthew P. Martyniuk, is a comprehensive guide to the diverse fossil species spanning the evolutionary transition from the first feathered dinosaurs with wings in the mid-Jurassic period 160 million years ago, to the late Cretaceous period and the first modern birds.
Each caenagnathiform ("oviraptor"), deinonychosaurian ("raptor"), enantiornithean ("opposite bird"), and other winged prehistoric bird species is illustrated in multiple views with distinguishing characteristics highlighted, allowing readers to experience how these species may have differed from each other in life. The illustrations and technical descriptions in this guide will illuminate the various pathways and side branches bird evolution followed during its first 100 million years.
More than just a companion volume for paleo-birdwatching, this guide is intended as an valuable tool for readers interested in learning about bird evolution, comparative anatomy, and the biology of the first birds, as well as a quick-reference for artists and researchers interested in accurately restoring Mesozoic birds and their closest dinosaurian relatives.
RECOMMENDATION: For those with a technical or semi-technical interest in avian evolution. Available here: http://www.panaves.com/ or from amazon.com (link below).