Riddle of the feathered dragons

riddle(Photo credit: Yale University Press. Image above shows the title of the book, Riddle of the feathered dragons, and an image of a large bird)

 

Examining and interpreting recent spectacular fossil discoveries in China, palaeontologists have arrived at a prevailing view: there is now incontrovertible evidence that birds represent the last living dinosaur.

But is this conclusion beyond dispute?

In his book, Riddle of the feathered dragons, evolutionary biologist Alan Feduccia provides a comprehensive discussion of the avian and associated evidence found in China, then exposes the unfounded speculation that has accompanied these discoveries and been published in prestigious scientific journals.

Advocates of the current orthodoxy on bird origins have ignored contrary data, misinterpreted fossils, and used faulty reasoning, the author argues.

Drawing on a lifetime of study, he offers his own current understanding of the origins of birds and avian flight.

Further details of Riddle of the feathered dragons can be found on the main catalogue, available in ‘Catalogues’ on the Library’s website.