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Palaeobiology of giant flightless birds

Author: Delphine Angst; Éric Buffetaut
Publisher: London : ISTE Press ; Oxford, UK Elsevier, 2017.
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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  Read more...
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Angst, Delphine.
Palaeobiology of giant flightless birds.
London, England ; Oxford, England : ISTE Press : Elsevier, ©2017
xiv, 281 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Delphine Angst; Éric Buffetaut
ISBN: 9780081011430 0081011431 1785481363 9781785481369
OCLC Number: 1012400051
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Front Cover; Paleobiology of Giant Flightless Birds; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Preface; 1. General Introduction; 1.1. Bird evolution; 1.2. Extant large terrestrial birds; 1.3. General stratigraphic distribution; 1.4. General geographical distribution; 1.5. Phylogenetic position of large terrestrial fossil birds; 1.6. Methodological approaaches used; 1.7. Organization of the book; 2. Dinornithiformes; 2.1. Historical background; 2.2. Taxonomy, systematics and classification; 2.3. Strratigraphic and geographical distribution; 2.4. Anatomy; 2.5. Paleophysiology and paleoecology. 2.6. Paleoenvironment2.7. Extinction; 3. Aepyornithiformes; 3.1. Historical background; 3.2. Taxonomy, systematics and classification; 3.3. Stratigraphic and geographical distribution; 3.4. Anatomy; 3.5. Paleophysiology and paleoecology; 3.6. Paleoenvironment; 3.7. Extinction; 4. Dromornithidae; 4.1. Historical background; 4.2. Taxonomy, systematics and classification; 4.3. Stratigraphic and geographical distribution; 4.4. Anatomy; 4.5. Paleophysiology and paleoecology; 4.6. Paleoenvironment; 4.7. Extinction; 5. Phorusrhacidae; 5.1. Historical background. 5.2. Taxonomy, systematics and classification5.3. Stratigraphic and geographical distribution; 5.4. Anatomy; 5.5. Paleophysiology and paleoecology; 5.7. Paleoenvironment; 5.6. Extinction; 6. Brontornithidae; 6.1. Historical background; 6.2. Taxonomy, systematics and classification; 6.3. Stratigraphic and geographical distribution; 6.4. Anatomy; 6.5. Paleophysiology and paleoecology; 6.6. Paleoenvironment; 6.7. Extinction; 7. Gastornithidae; 7.1. Historical background; 7.2. Taxonomy, systematics and classification; 7.3. Stratigraphic and geographical distribution; 7.4. Anatomy. 7.5. Paleophysiology and paleoecology7.6. Extinction; 8. Gargantuavis; 8.1. Historical background; 8.2. Taxonomy, systematics and classification; 8.3. Stratigraphic and geographical distribution; 8.4. Anatomy; 8.5. Paleophysiology and paleoecology; 8.6. Extinction; General Conclusions; An ancient and recurring phenomenon; Convergent evolution; Locomotory and diet adaptations; Geographical isolation and the structure of ecosystems; Extinction; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Delphine Angst, Eric Buffetaut.

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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 periodCovers a number of different families with different evolutionary histories, providing a source of interesting comparisonsProvides emphasis on the palaeobiology of these birds, including their evolution, adaptations, mode of life, ecology and extinction.

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