Indiana University Press have, over the past few years, been generating a series of books (mostly as edited multi-author volumes) under the general theme of ‘Life of the Past’. This book is one of the latest in the series, and claims to represent the proceedings of a meeting held in Florida in 2000 to discuss the evidence and controversies surrounding the issue of bird origins and their relationship with dinosaurs (and also to publicize the then recent discovery of a new, small, birdlike dinosaur nicknamed ‘Bambiraptor’). In such a relatively fast-moving field (as a direct consequence of new discoveries made...

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