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Avian Evolution - The Fossil Record of Birds and its Paleobiological Significance (Hardcover): Gerald Mayr Avian Evolution - The Fossil Record of Birds and its Paleobiological Significance (Hardcover)
Gerald Mayr
R1,851 R1,679 Discovery Miles 16 790 Save R172 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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 it 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 not only addresses students and established researchers, but it may also be a useful source of information for anyone else with an interest in the evolution of birds and a moderate background in biology and geology.

Paleogene Fossil Birds (Paperback, Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2009): Gerald Mayr Paleogene Fossil Birds (Paperback, Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2009)
Gerald Mayr
R4,322 Discovery Miles 43 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the present book the Paleogene fossil record of birds is detailed for the first time on a worldwide scale. I have developed the idea for such a project for several years, and think that it is an appropriate moment to present a summary of our c- rent knowledge of the early evolution of modern birds. Meanwhile not only is there a confusing diversity of fossil taxa, but also significant progress has been made concerning an understanding of the higher-level phylogeny of extant birds. Hypotheses which were not considered even a decade ago are now well supported by independent analyses of different data. In several cases these group together morphologically very different avian groups and allow a better understanding of the mosaic character distribution found in Paleogene fossil birds. The book aims at bringing some of this information together, and many of the following data are based on first-hand examination of fossil specimens.

Paleogene Fossil Birds (Hardcover, 2009 ed.): Gerald Mayr Paleogene Fossil Birds (Hardcover, 2009 ed.)
Gerald Mayr
R5,281 Discovery Miles 52 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the present book the Paleogene fossil record of birds is detailed for the first time on a worldwide scale. I have developed the idea for such a project for several years, and think that it is an appropriate moment to present a summary of our c- rent knowledge of the early evolution of modern birds. Meanwhile not only is there a confusing diversity of fossil taxa, but also significant progress has been made concerning an understanding of the higher-level phylogeny of extant birds. Hypotheses which were not considered even a decade ago are now well supported by independent analyses of different data. In several cases these group together morphologically very different avian groups and allow a better understanding of the mosaic character distribution found in Paleogene fossil birds. The book aims at bringing some of this information together, and many of the following data are based on first-hand examination of fossil specimens.

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