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The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis <www.iisa.ac.at> has, since 1995, been releasing a brilliant series of Working Papers and Interim Reports, creating links between "chaos"/"game" theoreticians  and the ongoing processes of evolution as studied in the fossil/Recent record (under the IISA's programme of Studies in Adaptive Dynamics). Thus far, IIAS has released 56+ publications, available free of charge by emailing them at <adn@iiasa.ac.at>
For example, for those interested in using Geoffroy's "actualism" + rigorous cladistics to infer extinct behaviours of the small taxa emerging from China (Sinovenator, et al.), or the ecomorphologies of ceratopsians/hadrosaurs/sauropods,  by analyses of extant dinosaurs (behavioral ecology, etc.), IIAS has published IR-01-053, "Can the evolution of plant defense lead to plant-herbivore mutualism?" by Claire de Mazancourt, Michel Loreau, Ulf Dieckmann. Regis Ferriere, reprinted in American Naturalist 158:109-123. Of interest, too, is "Predictability, chaos, and coordination in bird vigilant behaviour", IR-01-041, by Regis Ferriere, Bernard Cazellas, Frank Cezilly, and Jean-Pierre Desportes; with the ongoing work of A.P. Moller and his teams, avialian survival strategies (including the evolution of female ornamentation) are being brought into sharper focus.  The work of Karl Sigmund (he, like John Maynard Smith [who remains deeply interested in dino! sa! ! urs, fossil and extant] continuing the work of applying "game" theory to biological systems) is, often, released by the IIAS before being published in journals.
I would also bring to your attention the work of Bette Otto-Bliesner and Gary Upchurch on the radiation and composition of late Cretaceous rainforests and broad-leaved evergreen woodlands, the habitat of many of the small feathered/non-feathered Chinese taxa. It is nice to talk about osteological synapomorphies...but these dinosaurs were parts of complex ecosystems.