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RE: New Bird/Dinosaur Book

Judging from the cover image at
http://www.unswpress.com.au/itemimages/hiresimages/0868404136.jpg ,
I'd say that Luis Chiappe will indeed present feathered non-avian dinosaurs
as precursors to the familiar extant feathered dinosaurs we call birds
(though "precursors" may not be the most apt term in this case).  

The book's price is controversial, but no more so than its release date.
Take your pick: October, November, December 15 or December 28, 2006
depending on the vendor.  I suppose I'd put my wager on December.    

Dino Guy Ralph
Docent at the California Academy of Sciences
Dinosaur and Fossil Education
Member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
-----Original Message-----
From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf Of
Dora Smith
Sent: Sunday, October 15, 2006 5:56 PM
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Re: New Bird/Dinosaur Book

This book has two problems.  First, it costs $70.

Second, it takes the approach that birds evolved from dinosaurs.

A book worth $70 would take the perpsective that birds are dinosaurs, and 
examine the birdlike characteristics of the other dinosaurs.    If they are 
going to discuss how birds EVOLVED from dinosaurs, I don't even know whether

to expect the dinosaurs to ahve feathers, let alone behaviors that resemble 
those of modern dinosaurs.

Dora Smith
Austin, TX

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Danvarner@aol.com>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Sunday, October 15, 2006 9:33 AM
Subject: New Bird/Dinosaur Book

> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0471247235/ref=pe_snp_235

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