Palaeobiology of Extinct Giant Flightless Birds

The fossil record of giant flightless birds extends back to the Late Cretaceous, more than 70 million years ago, but our understanding of these extinct birds is still incomplete. This is partly because the number of specimens available is sometimes limited, but also because widely different approaches have been used to study them, with sometimes contradictory results. This book summarizes the current knowledge of the paleobiology of seven groups of giant flightless birds: Dinornithiformes, Aepyornithiformes, Dromornithidae, Phorusrhacidae, Brontornithidae, Gastornithidae and Gargantuavis. The first chapter presents the global diversity of these birds and reviews the tools and methods used to study their paleobiology. Chapters 2 to 8 are each dedicated to one of the seven groups of extinct birds. Finally, a conclusion offers a global synthesis of the information presented in the book in an attempt to define a common evolutionary model. Focuses on the giant flightless birds that evolved independently in different parts of the world since the Cretaceous period Covers a number of different families with different evolutionary histories, providing a source of interesting comparisons Provides emphasis on the palaeobiology of these birds, including their evolution, adaptations, mode of life, ecology and extinction

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  • Author : Delphine Angst
  • Publisher : Iste Press - Elsevier
  • Pages : 296 pages
  • ISBN : 9781785481369
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Palaeobiology of Extinct Giant Flightless Birds

Palaeobiology of Extinct Giant Flightless Birds
  • Author : Delphine Angst,Eric Buffetaut
  • Publisher : Iste Press - Elsevier
  • Release : 21 June 2021
GET THIS BOOKPalaeobiology of Extinct Giant Flightless Birds

The fossil record of giant flightless birds extends back to the Late Cretaceous, more than 70 million years ago, but our understanding of these extinct birds is still incomplete. This is partly because the number of specimens available is sometimes limited, but also because widely different approaches have been used to study them, with sometimes contradictory results. This book summarizes the current knowledge of the paleobiology of seven groups of giant flightless birds: Dinornithiformes, Aepyornithiformes, Dromornithidae, Phorusrhacidae, Brontornithidae, Gastornithidae and Gargantuavis.

Palaeobiology of Giant Flightless Birds

Palaeobiology of Giant Flightless Birds
  • Author : Delphine Angst,Eric Buffetaut
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release : 16 November 2017
GET THIS BOOKPalaeobiology of Giant Flightless Birds

The fossil record of giant flightless birds extends back to the Late Cretaceous, more than 70 million years ago, but our understanding of these extinct birds is still incomplete. This is partly because the number of specimens available is sometimes limited, but also because widely different approaches have been used to study them, with sometimes contradictory results. This book summarizes the current knowledge of the paleobiology of seven groups of giant flightless birds: Dinornithiformes, Aepyornithiformes, Dromornithidae, Phorusrhacidae, Brontornithidae, Gastornithidae and Gargantuavis.

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  • Release : 03 December 2012
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  • Publisher : Springer
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  • Release : 05 December 2002
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