on December 10, 2012
This book is a nice collection of papers on dinosaur and bird relationships that was put together in combination with the then recent description of Bambirator. As such, there's a descriptive paper of this little Late Cretaceous dromaeosaurid, along with papers on theropod biology, interrelationships, and relationship to birds. Bob Bakker has a truly odd contribution in which he proclaims that Ceratosaurus was an aquatic, lungfish-hunting crocodile analog, Allosaurus inhabited "dens" and dragged carcasses back to feed chicks, and that complex ecosystems and interspecies relationships can be deciphered from examining isolated, shed teeth. his imagination is very fertile, but a more sober examination of the data feeding his ideas fails to support any of them. Regardless, Phil Currie, Mark Norrell, and others have some really good contributions in here and it is a great text that captures the brewing excitement of the previous decade, before so many featherd dinosaurs from China made such discoveries almost commonplace. There's nothing that today would be considered ground-breaking, but it's an interesting compilation that makes for good reading for interested amateurs or students of evolution and biology.
on June 26, 2005
The first reports of "feathered" dinosaurs (aka dragons) came out of China in 1997. Here in the U. S., Dr. John Ostrom examined one he termed BABGIRAPTOR FEINBERGI in October, 1997, in Montana. At the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center in April, 2000, he gave thirty-five talks about his find. Michael W. Skrepnick made the unusual illustration of this 'find' which looks like a giant baby duck. This is the cover for "Feathered Dragons."
Dr. Ostrom revealed finding a DEINONYCHUS in 1969, an unusual discover in paleontology which shows that dinosaurs were the logical ancestors of birds. Guess they at a lot to get so big.
It was thought that they were a primitive form of Asian bird. The early dinosaurs had avian traits and could fly. They laid eggs like birds do, but fish do, too. They could be a combination of the two but how'd they get so large.
The feathered COELUROSAURS were found in China and the SINOSAUROPTERYX were in Patagonia and Mongolia. The editors all all specialists in the field of dinosaurs. There were various contributors to this study of feathered "dragons."
"Life of the Past" was by James O. Farlow.
on December 10, 2014
excellent volume on various feathers dinosaurs. It may sound a bit silly to even say that, as we now know most all dinosaurs had feathered coverings of some type. This volume examines Bambiraptor and other more recent discoveries, such as Atrociraptor. It is a collection of scientific papers on the various dinosaurs. Outstanding volume for this comfortable with the language of palaeontology.