Mesozoic Birds: Above the Heads of Dinosaurs. L. M. Chiappe and L. M. Witmer (eds.). 2002. University of California Press, Berkeley, 532 p.

The new edited volume on the origin and early evolution of birds is an essential addition to any dinosaur systematist's bookshelf. The majority of its twenty contributions are anatomical descriptions accompanied by excellent photographic plates, many of which treat problematic or incompletely monographed taxa. Several chapters are of interest to a broader audience, offering a history of debate over bird affinities and general comments on methods of phylogenetic or functional analyses. A look back at earlier edited...

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