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Title
Avian evolution Avian evolution :
Type
Text
Language
English
Illustrative Content
illustrations
Classification
LCC: QE871 .M38 2017 (Source: dlc)
DDC: 568 full (Assigner: dlc)
Identified By
Lccn: 2016024809
Content
text (Source: rdacontent)
Summary
"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" -- From the publisher.
Table Of Contents
n introduction to birds, the geological settings of their evolution, and the avian skeleton
The origin of birds
The Mesozoic flight way towards modern birds
Mesozoic birds : interrelationships and character evolution
The interrelationships and origin of crown group birds (Neornithes)
Palaeognathous birds (ostriches, tinamous, and allies)
Galloanseres : "fowl" and kin
The "difficult-to-place groups" : biogeographic surprises and aerial specialists
Shorebirds, cranes, and relatives
Aequornithes : aquatic and semi-aquatic carnivores
Cariamiforms and diurnal birds of prey
The Cenozoic radiation of small arboreal birds
Insular avifaunas now and then, on various scales.
Authorized Access Point
Mayr, Gerald. Avian evolution