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100 1 Feduccia, Alan.
245 10 Riddle of the feathered dragons :|bhidden birds of China /
260 New Haven :|bYale University Press,|c©2012.
300 1 online resource (ix, 358 pages) :|billustrations, map
338 online resource|bcr|2rdacarrier
504 Includes bibliographical references and index.
505 0 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.
520 "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"--
|cProvided by publisher.
520 "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"--|cProvided by publisher.
650 0 Birds, Fossil|zChina.
650 0 Birds|xEvolution.
650 0 Birds|xFlight.
650 0 Feathers, Fossil.
650 0 Evolutionary paleobiology.
650 0 Paleontology|yMesozoic.
650 0 Paleontology|zChina.
655 4 Electronic books.
655 7 Electronic books.|2lcgft
710 2 JSTOR|eissuing body.
776 08 |iPrint version:|aFeduccia, Alan.|tRiddle of the feathered
dragons.|dNew Haven : Yale University Press, ©2012
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