The author does not say what she thinks and why which would have been useful.
Archaeopteryx lithographica is taken as a guide for a survey of current (well, 1998) thought about the origin of birds and the origin of bird flight.
This is a shame, because the illustrations are really necessary to understand some of the concepts presented here.
Book in very good condition, although may have been in a humid environment as some buckling or page warping has occurred. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kimm J. Hamann
What a great read. Deals with much of how and why birds evolved flight and how archaeopteryx fits into the picture. Read morePublished 14 months ago by craftycrofty
Very suitable for all spans of fossil knowledge and vernacular. Shipman rights very well and can appeal to the amateur and experienced scientists alike.Published 17 months ago by Claire
Pat Shipman is an anthropologist at Pennsylvania State University, as well as the author/coauthor of books such as The Animal Connection: A New Perspective on What Makes Us Human,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Steven H Propp
Archaeopteryx is known as the first bird, and its fossils are strikingly beautiful. They are also still extremely controversial, even 150 years after their discovery in Germany. Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Craig Rowland
Very well written tale about the possible ancestor of birds. I should think that even casual bird watchers would enjoy learning the theories of evolution of their favorite... Read morePublished on October 26, 2005 by Jessie loves to read
Archaeopteryx has aroused the interest of specialists and the general public alike since its first fossils were discovered in the 1860s, only a short time after The Origin of... Read morePublished on February 16, 2005 by John Duncan
This is a rapidly evolving subject and things have moved on since the book was written.
The author has researched very intensively and the book is heavy on facts,... Read more
This book is rich in detail and a great study of the tactics taken by paleontolgists in proposing theories and testing those proposals by working with fossils and similar living... Read morePublished on April 1, 2003 by A. G. Plumb