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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 193 Seiten
  • Verlag: Oxford University Press (8. Januar 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0195372662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195372663
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 25,7 x 1,8 x 21,3 cm
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This volume is thought-provoking and attractive, and anyone (of any age) interested in dinosaurs will enjoy looking at it. Darren Naish, Fortean Times Peter Schouten's wonderful artwork is the focus of the book...Schouten's attention to detail is impressive. Darren Naish, Fortean Times This volume is thought-provoking and attractive, and anyone (of any age) interested in dinosaurs will enjoy looking at it. Darren Naish, Fortean Times This work would serve to fire the imagination of even the most recalcitrant of students. This book would not be out of place in the front room of any home. British Ornithologists' Union

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Scientists have recovered more than a billion fossils, but no discovery has been more breath-taking than the fossils recently found in northern China, findings which prove that several families of dinosaurs had feathers, or feathery hair-like coverings, adorning their bodies. Now in the beautifully designed Feathered Dinosaurs, paleontologist John Long and illustrator Peter Schouten provide a stunning visual record of these extraordinary prehistoric creatures, illuminating the evolutionary march from primitive, feathered dinosaurs through to the first true flying birds. Schouten, an acclaimed natural history artist, has created 80 full-colour paintings that capture the striking physical traits of these feathered dinosaurs. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the lifestyles of modern birds and mammals, plus the extant scientific data regarding how these dinosaurs might have looked and behaved, Schouten has produced not only the most beautiful but also the most accurate visual representations of these animals in print.

Equally important, John Long, a noted paleontologist and widely published science author (with some 24 books to his credit), provides an engaging companion text that places these feathered dinosaurs within the larger family of dinosaurs--for instance, outlining their relationship to T. Rex and Velociraptor, species well known to Jurassic Park fans. He discusses the factual information that can be deduced from their fossil remains, in effect providing an insightful natural history of this remarkable group. A true marriage of art and science, Feathered Dinosaurs presents an unprecedented visual record of one of the most significant breakthroughs in the history of vertebrate paleontology--the discovery that many predatory dinosaurs were cloaked with feathers, perhaps just as colorful and fanciful as those of their living relatives.


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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Stefan Schröder am 10. Dezember 2010
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Der bahnbrechenden Entdeckung, dass einige theropode Dinosaurier befiedert waren, trägt dieser Band mit spannenden Zeichnungen und tollen Texten Rechnung. Es gab auf diesem Planeten Tierarten, bei denen gar nicht richtig erkennbar war, ob es sich noch um einen Dinosaurier oder schon um einen Vogel handelte. Daher gibt es einige Wissenschaftler, die dafür plädieren, Vögel als rezente Dinosaurier zu bezeichnen. Weil sie ja im Grunde nichts anderes sind. Mit konvergenter Evolution á la Alan Feduccia jedenfalls lassen sich derartige Ähnlichkeiten und Überschneidungen nicht mehr erklären. Wie dem auch sei, "Feathered Dinosaurs" übertreibt sicherlich an einigen Stellen, bezieht sogar die riesigen Tyrannosaurier mit ein und zeigt z.B. deren Portraits mit Wimpern. Unterm Strich bleibt jedoch beim Leser das Gefühl haften, einige neue wohl gefiederte Dinosaurierspezies kennen gelernt zu haben. Prima!
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Fantastic Art but Bad Page Layout 2. Oktober 2008
Von David W. Chace - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
First of all, this book is a must have for any dinosaur lover, and in particular those who are interested in the idea that many species of theropod dinosaurs may have had feathers. Indeed, there is direct fossil evidence that at least a few species of theropods had feathers, and the idea that feathers were a common feature of theropods is becoming increasingly plausible. That said, there is also direct fossil evidence for scales among some theropods, such as Carnotaurus. The question then becomes, which theropods had feathers and which didn't and exactly what did these feathers look like in life? How birdlike did these animals appear? Did some of them possess some combination of scales and feathers and, if so, what did that look like? It would probably take a time machine to definitively answer such questions, but a tentative answer can be had just by looking at Peter Schouten's beautiful illustrations in this book.

While the text is informative, the artwork is definitely the highlight of the book. Unfortunately the book suffers from one unforgivable flaw--bad page layout. Specifically, the paintings are presented as two-page spreads, resulting in a crease through the middle of the picture that, in many cases goes, right through the focus of the viewer's attention. This was a very poor design decision on the part of the publisher. The book is published by an academic press, so perhaps they don't understand how to make an art book. It should have been done in a different format, perhaps as an oversize book, in order to avoid putting that terribly distracting deep crease through the picture. That said, the paintings are better (in my opinion) than those of paleoartist Luis V. Rey, who has also taken to painting feathered dinosaurs. See Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages. In particular, Rey's dinosaurs are just too colorful and overly imaginative. Schouten's feathered dinosaurs, on the other hand, look much more plausible and not so over-the-top.

If you like Schouten's art in this book, I also recommend you take a look at A Gap in Nature: Discovering the World's Extinct Animals and Astonishing Animals: Extraordinary Creatures and the Fantastic Worlds They Inhabit, which cover recently extinct and modern animals.

In summary, if you love dinosaurs and want to know what they really looked like as living animals, buy this book. Just keep in mind that we still don't know what they really looked like, and as a result of a lifetime of conditioning (books, movies, etc.), I still tend to believe that the theropods were not as heavily feathered as portrayed here. I do hope that they re-release this book in a better format and page layout at some point, as the failure of the publishers to consider the visual impact of the crease in the center of the page has prevented me from giving this book a five star review.
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Pretty pictures, little else 23. Juni 2009
Von Michael K. Diamond - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The reviews and description were spot-on. It's pretty much a visual feast, but the information is sparse. I would have preferred photos of bare bones (and feather imprints) to the paintings, which always include a heavy subjective element. This book is definitely geared to the layperson with no background in paleontology. Nothing wrong with that; it's just not my cup of tea.
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If Audobon had painted over past millions of years... 16. September 2008
Von Kindle Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is an astonishingly good book on the topic. The art is first-rate, and I appreciate how the text immediately tells me what the animal's name means. I realize a lot of speculation and imagination goes into a work like this, but as long as the reader/viewer keeps in mind that a little license had to be employed, a work like this one can really spark a good deal of awe and wonder. That bucket of chicken from KFC? Really does look related to vicious raptors of "Jurassic Park" fame. Tweety? A fluffy yellow dino-spawn. I think learning about this link between avian dinos and their distant kin has had the effect, for me, of making birds more interesting. I was never an avid avian lover, but looking at them as related to the dinosaurs I always found so fascinating has made the little boogers a lot more interesting to me. This beatiful book might have that impact on you, as well. Final note: The illustrations are kid-friendly, but unlike the other books on this topic, this is not a kids' book. Adults will find much to love here. And it makes a handsome, if somewhat unsettling, coffee table book.
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Feathered Dinosaurs 8. April 2009
Von Ralph D. Hermansen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was a tad disappointed with this book. I hoped to learn more about the evolutionary transition from dinosaur to bird, but there was far less on this topic than I expected. The majority of the pages were actually full-page pictures. They were drawings of the feathered dinosaurs and others. If you want to buy a book, which is predominately artwork, this is your book. However, if you want to understand dinosaur-to-bird evolution, this book is mediocre. Ralph Hermansen 4/8/09
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Sparks the imagination 6. März 2009
Von Enjolras - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is great if you ever feel the urge to imagine life 65 million years ago. The drawings are beautiful and creative, yet realistic. I appreciate that Schouten took some creative liberties in depicting the dinosaurs, but also explained his vision in a brief paragraph on each page.

One other review criticized the layout of the book, noting that the page seams run through some of the pictures. This is true, but only becomes really bothersome for two or so pictures out of several dozen. Overall, the creases do not distract from the pictures.

I also would have liked more information on each dinosaur, such as their estimated size and what they ate. However, that's not the purpose of this book. This book is about appreciating the beauty of animals we can only imagine.
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