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Avian Evolution : The Fossil Record of Birds and Its Paleobiological Significance (Hardcover) (Gerald

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Knowledge of the evolutionary history of birds has much improved in recent decades. Fossils from critical time periods are being described at unprecedented rates and modern phylogenetic analyses have provided a framework for the interrelationships of the extant groups. This book gives an overview of the avian fossil record and its paleobiological significance, and is the only up-to-date textbook that covers both Mesozoic and more modern-type Cenozoic birds in some detail. The reader is introduced to key features of basal avians and the morphological transformations that have occurred in the evolution towards modern birds. An account of the Cenozoic fossil record sheds light on the biogeographic history of the extant avian groups and discusses fossils in the context of current phylogenetic hypotheses. This review of the evolutionary history of birds is aimed at students and established researchers, and may also be a useful source of information for anyone else with an interest in the evolution of birds and a background in biology and geology.

The Topics in Paleobiology Series is published in collaboration with the Palaeontological Association, and is edited by Professor Michael Benton, University of Bristol.

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