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A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and Other Winged Dinosaurs (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 8. Dezember 2012


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Matthew P. Martyniuk is an illustrator and science educator specializing in Mesozoic birds and avian evolution. He has been drawing prehistoric flora and fauna since he first held a pencil, and became fascinated with the dinosaur/bird transition after discovering a copy of Gregory S. Paul’s Predatory Dinosaurs of the World at his local library. His illustrations and diagrams have appeared in a variety of books, news articles, and television programs from Discovery, the Smithsonian, and the BBC, and he publishes the paleontological blog DinoGoss. He is a founding member of “Wikiproject Dinosaurs”, an initiative to generate and curate scientifically precise content for the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Additional art and information can be found at his Web site, www.henteeth.com.

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Perhaps the field guide format is not the most informative. 24. Februar 2013
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I don't know much about Mesozoic birds aside from what I know about feathered dinosaurs, so when I saw "A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and Other Winged Dinosaurs" on Amazon.com, I knew I had to buy it. The author Matthew Martyniuk is an illustrator and educator specializing in early birds. As you might expect from the title, the format of this books is a "field guide," very much like the type used by birdwatchers. There is about 40 pages of introductory material: Bird Ancestry, The Origin of Feathers, Restoring Mesozoic Birds, etc. Then we get to the field guide itself. For about 200 species, this book lists the common name, the scientific name, the location and time (e.g. 80 Myr. ago), size, characteristics, and something about the expected lifestyle. This material is fairly detailed and very up to date.

Of course, Mesozoic birds do not have a common name the way living birds do (e.g. "blue-footed booby"), so for the field guide, one must use the translation of the scientific name: "Sinornithosaurus millenni" becomes "Millennial Chinese Bird Lizard." For each bird there is a silhouette against the outline of a man for scale and a picture of the bird restored as a living animal, some with some striking colors.

A lot of animals we think of as classic dinosaurs, for example Deinonychus and Oviraptor, are restored as birds, fully covered in long, sometimes brightly colored feathers. This is within the realm of plausibility, certainly--who can say where feathered dinosaurs end and birds begin, but it is a departure of what is normally done in most paleoart.

Appendices include the list of excluded species (for which the remains are not sufficient to say much) and cladistic definitions of the bird groups.

Certainly, this book will help you with the names of Mesozoic birds, and learn who is in what group, who has teeth and who doesn't. On the other hand, if the idea is "science" rather than "art", the "field guide" format is not helpful. Feathers are preserved for only a few dozen dinosaur/bird specimens, and we can guess the feather coloration for at best a handful based on the shape of melanosomes in their preserved feathers. The restorations correctly show the shape of the beak, the length of the neck, and the length of the legs. However, the length of the feathers and the coloration for the large majority of the birds in this book is pure fantasy, and there is no obvious way to guess the level of reliability of the restoration from the picture alone. Moreover, having only the restoration works against us learning something interesting about the differences between bird groups. For example, if one wanted to see the difference between enantiornithines ("opposite birds") and early "true birds," one would have to look at the details of the skeleton, in this case the joint between the scapula and coracoid.

So I would look elsewhere for a treatise on early birds. As with "All Yesterdays", this book is expensive ($37) for a small paperback.
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Well illustrated, very up to date and interesting book!!!!!!!!! :) 4. Januar 2014
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Overall, Martyniuk does quite a good job with this book. There are many illustrations, which, for example, (rightfully) depict many predatory dinosaurs as being far more avian (i.e., birdlike) than what has been done in the past. There are very interesting sections, such as on Troodontids and Microraptors. (I wish he would have attempted an illustration of Hesperonychus... that interesting microraptor from my own area -- the U.S.A.-- that so many are not aware of. However, there is not a lot of fossil evidence to go on with regard to illustrating Hesperonychus.) I disagree with his postulation that small Paronychodon teeth may possibly represent juvenile Troodon formosus. I've seen small Troodon teeth, likely from juvenile T. formosus and I've seen larger sized Paronychodon teeth that could not -- in any measure of any sense (or morphological transformation) -- change into smaller Troodon teeth. Indeed, Paronychodon could very well be a type of Troodontid dinosaur, but not T.formosus. (Personally, I suspect that Paronychodon teeth were from an evolved type of Microraptorian dinosaur. The ridges on Paronychodon teeth may have helped the teeth to retain a sticky type of salivary-oriented substance... making it far easier to catch insect and furry mammal prey. The curving of the ridges would also aid in the recirculation of such a substance into the mandible. And, regarding the Oviraptor species of theropods, I suspect that many had the upper two internal maxillary teeth for the purpose of crushing the heads of snakes and lizards and such. Snakes were very plentiful, back then, in the dunes where oviraptorians lived... and they were non-poisonous. Clam eating wasn't one of the functions... there was not enough water in the very dry climate back then.)

Anyway, the book has a lot of specifics on many well-known and not-so-well known winged dinosaurs and birds (i.e., flying dinosaurs). Along with the interesting illustrations, there are small depictions showing the size of each species on scale comparative to a human being. This fine book helps one to ponder the great diversity and complex relations of some of the avian-like creatures that existed millions of years ago. It must have been a fascinating world back then. If that asteroid would have missed our planet, we certainly would not be here... and one can only wonder at the further evolved forms that would have continued on with the dinosaur legacy. I'm very glad that the asteroid hit and that I obtained this book!
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Wonderful resource. 18. Juli 2013
Von megb - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was so excited when I received this book. Suddenly so many pieces fell together! I am an amateur paleo painter who has been confused about feathered dinosaurs and been hesitant to try painting them. Now I feel more confident about the truly bird-like appearance of these critters. I received the book the day after I spent time studying a wild turkey specimen in a museum display and the similarities between this writer/artist's illustrations and that bird brought the eons of dinosaur-bird evolution together in a rush. Today I am going to give a Gastornis a try. Thank-you Matthew Martyniuk!
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The Dino-Bird Connection Illustrated 6. September 2013
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It is well-established that birds are a kind of dinosaur. Martyniuk's field guide is a terrific guide to the first birds offering the best of what we know and the best informed speculation on what the first birds may have looked like.
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Wonderful art and a wonderful guide 25. Dezember 2013
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While the field guide format might be a tad awkward at times, the art and style in this book more than makes up for it. This is the first resource that shows deinonychosaurs and oviraptors as living, breathing, plausible animals. It's simply delightful .
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