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Paleogene Fossil Birds

Authors: Mayr, Gerald

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  • Up-to-date and comprehensive overview of the Paleogene avian fossil record for vertebrate paleontologists and ornithologists interested in the evolutionary history of birds
  • First study which is exclusively devoted to the Paleogene fossil record of birds on a worldwide scale
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About this book

The present book is the first detailed review of the Paleogene avian fossil record on a worldwide scale. Numerous well-preserved fossil bird remains from this geological period, which covers the time span from the end of the Mesozoic era to the beginning of the Miocene, have been described in the past two decades. Some of these not only provide information on morphological transformations in the evolutionary history of the extant avian taxa, but are also of great significance for an understanding of their historical biogeography. Others represent extinct taxa which sometimes show a bizarre morphology not found in modern birds, such as the giant pseudo-toothed birds which reached wingspans up to six meters.

The reader is introduced to basic morphological features of the various groups which, as far as possible, are placed into a phylogenetic context in the light of current hypotheses on the interrelationships of extant birds. In a concluding chapter the biogeographical significance of Paleogene fossil birds and possible reasons for faunal changes during the Paleogene are detailed. As such, the book not only aims at providing an overview for specialists, but may also help students of other fields of vertebrate paleontology to better understand Paleogene ecosystems.

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From the reviews:

"This book presents the first detailed review of the Paleogene avian fossil record on a worldwide scale. Included in the book are several black-and-white photos of the actual fossil specimens. Anyone with an interest in avian or Paleogene paleontology will want this book!" (GrrlScientist, Birdbooker Report 75: Living the Scientific Life, July, 2009)

“The volume is largely made up of commentaries on the skeletal material … and includes biogeographic and paleoecologic assessments of faunas. … The book contains photographs of many of the systematically important materials … . References to previous publications are exhaustively numerous. This is a book for specialists. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above.” (D. Bardack, Choice, Vol. 47 (3), November, 2009)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

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eBook 130,89 €
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Hardcover 187,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-540-89627-2
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Softcover 165,21 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-10050-5
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  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Paleogene Fossil Birds
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-89628-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-89628-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-89627-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-10050-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 262
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