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Re: fossil bird books

Thanks for to those who have commented on the books, especially Fedducia 1999. My intention was to put up a list of books (to answer ian's question) put them in an historical framework, and not delve into critiquing the content too much. I figured others out there more qualified could and would do that. As far as I know Feduccia is the only recent book like it that covers fossil birds in such a broad way (excluding conference proceedings), and directions to references that address its shortcomings are of course welcomed...

I included books whether 'right or wrong', so it was a relatively complete list. Even if a book is wrong it's a good idea to look at it to evaluate it yourself, and see where certain interpretations have originated, or at least see where they have been stated.


At 06:41 AM 21/10/2005, Nick Gardner wrote:
On 10/20/05, Roberto Takata <rmtakata@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/20/05, Nick Gardner <nick.gardner@gmail.com> wrote:
> > The idea was still pretty common before this book, note reading the
> > various publications made by these individuals may be more useful than
> > reading Feduccia (1999). Note Hou et al. (1996) for one, the amount of
> > discussion generated on this list in response to it was fairly
> > impressive, quite honestly. :P
> Do those books have _Gallus_ and other Galliformes fossils too?
Those are papers, not books. ;) I was referring to non-neornithine
paleornithology, Feduccia's comments on things like ichthyornithids
and others are not the best, and Mickey points out problems within
neornithines, check his post if you will.

Nick Gardner

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