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RE: Jehol fossils book



Please pardon the cross posting.

Ian Paulsen (Birdbooker)writes:
 
HI ALL:
 I just came across this title:

_The Jehol Fossils: The Emergence of Feathered Dinosaurs, Beaked Birds and
Flowering Plants_ by Pei-ji Chen, Yuan-qing Wang, Yuan Wang, and Mee-Mann
Chang (Hardcover - Dec 24, 2007): $69.95 US.  

Has anyone seen it yet and if so what did you think of it?

My reply:

This appears to be virtually the same as _The Jehol Biota-The Emergence of
Feathered Dinosaurs, Beaked Birds and Flowering Plants_, ISBN-10:
7532373185.  See
http://www.hceis.com/product/index/paleontology/the%20jehol%20biota.htm.

The only differences apparent to me are the title, the price, and the
distribution.  When _The Jehol Biota_ was published in 2003, it sold for
$150 US plus shipping and handling, and was available from China Scientific
Book Services (in China) if they bothered to respond to your order (which
was not the case for me).  I ultimately obtained a copy of this book, and I
am very glad I did.

Even four years after its publication, _The Jehol Biota_ remains the best
overview of the famous feathered dinosaur fossil beds of China, and gets my
vote for the most beautiful book ever produced about a single fossil locale.
The text was written by a team of Chinese specialists, and the English
translation is readily accessible though a bit awkward in spots.  

Fossil vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants are each given their due, and
the geology and paleoecology of the major fossil beds are described.  The
extraordinary details of many of the specimens are captured in breathtaking
detail in large full color photographs.  There are also a number of colorful
restorations, and in some cases photographs of comparable extant species.
The back of the book includes a list of fossil taxa and nine pages of
references. 

I am assuming that these "two" books -- with the same authors, nearly
identical titles, and identical page count -- are one and the same.  So if
you are intrigued by the remarkable Early Cretaceous fossils of Northeastern
China, you now have an opportunity to buy the ultimate scientific coffee
table book on the subject at a price that is much more reasonable than the
original asking price.  

Ralph W. Miller III
Docent at the California Academy of Sciences
Dinosaur and Fossil Education
Member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology