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The Jehol Fossils


The Jehol Fossils
  • Author : Pei-ji Chen
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release : 2011-09-02
  • ISBN : 9780080557885
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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No other single volume reference to the Jehol site and its fossils exists and nowhere is there such a collection of fine photos of the fossils concerned. This book has pieced together the most up-to-date information on the Jehol Biota, a place that has shown the world some of the most astonishing fossil finds including the first complete skeleton of Archaeopteryx in 1861, four-winged dinosaurs- many feathered ones, the first beaked bird, the first plants with flowers and fruits, and thousands of species of invertebrates. Authors shed new light on a number of interesting theoretical issues in evolutionary biology today, such as the origin and early evolution of some major taxonomic groups. The first two chapters give an inviting introduction to the Jehol Biota in terms of its history of study, its main components, its scientific importance, its geographical, geological and biostratigraphic framework, and its renowned fossil discoveries. Each of the remaining chapters deals with a particular organismal group of the Biota written by leading experts. The book is lavishly illustrated with nearly 280 illustrations, which include 200 photographs that show the diversity of the taxa and beauty of their preservation. The colored life restorations, elegantly done by some of China's most celebrated scientific illustrators, give a kiss of life to the dead bones. Although targeted primarily at an educated public, the book is also an invaluable source of information for students and professionals in paleontology, geology, evolutionary biology and science education in general. * Authoritative introduction to an exciting, classic Mesozoic site home to many of the world's most important and best preserved fossils * Clear informative text accessible to the professional and lay reader alike * Over 200 high quality photographs of a wide range of extraordinary fossils * Beautiful colour paintings depicting reconstructed animals and plants in lifelike landscapes * Lavish, large format, high quality production

Birds of Stone


Birds of Stone
  • Author : Luis M. Chiappe
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release : 2016-11
  • ISBN : 9781421420240
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When fossils of birds from China’s Jehol region first appeared in scientific circles, the world took notice. These Mesozoic masterpieces are between 120 and 131 million years old and reveal incredible details that capture the diversity of ancient bird life. Paleontologists all over the world began to collaborate with Chinese colleagues as new and wondrous fossil-related discoveries became regular events. The pages of National Geographic and major scientific journals described the intricate views of feathers as well as food still visible in the guts of these ancient birds. Now, for the first time, a sweeping collection of the most interesting of Jehol’s avian fossils is on display in this beautiful book. Birds of Stone makes visible the unexpected avian diversity that blanketed the earth just a short time (geologically speaking) after a dinosaur lineage gave rise to the first birds. Our visual journey through these fossils is guided by Luis M. Chiappe, a world expert on early birds, and Meng Qingjin, a leading figure in China's natural history museum community. Together, they help us understand the "meaning" of each fossil by providing straightforward narratives that accompany the full-page photographs of the Jehol discoveries. Anyone interested in the history of life—from paleontologists to inquisitive birders—will find Birds of Stone an irresistible feast for the eyes and mind.

The Jehol Biota


The Jehol Biota
  • Author : Miman Zhang
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2003
  • ISBN : 7532373185
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems Second Edition


Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems  Second Edition
  • Author : Paul Selden
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release : 2012-03-15
  • ISBN : 9781840766233
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems describes all of the main Fossil Lagerstätten (sites of exceptional fossil preservation) from around the world in a chronological order. It covers the history of research, stratigraphy and taphonomy, main faunal and floral elements, and the palaeoecology of each site and gives a comparison with coeval sites around the world. It includes all of the well-known fossil sites, such as the Burgess Shale, the Solnhofen Limestone, Mazon Creek, Rancho La Brea etc., and includes an appendix giving information on how to visit the sites and where to see the fossils in museum displays. Available now in its second edition, Lagerstätten included for the first time include Chengjiang, the Herefordshire Nodules and the Jehol Group. A welcome addition to the list of important localities of Cenozoic age is the White River Group, which preserves the finest examples of mammals around the Eocene-Oligocene boundary, including many now-extinct groups. The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with over 450 colour photographs and diagrams, and it is extensively referenced. Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems is essential reading to a wide range of students and professionals in palaeontology and related sciences, and to amateur enthusiasts.

Description and Ontogenetic Assessment of a New Jehol Microraptorine


Description and Ontogenetic Assessment of a New Jehol Microraptorine
  • Author : Ashley William Poust
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2014
  • ISBN : OCLC:930304290
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Fossils from the Jehol Group (Early Cretaceous, Liaoning Province, China) have greatly contributed to our understanding of the morphology and diversity of Paraves, the group of dinosaurs including sickle-clawed dromaeosaurs, large-brained troodontids, and avialians, the ancestors of modern birds. However, many taxa are represented by only a few specimens of unclear ontogenetic age. Without a thorough understanding of ontogeny, the evolutionary relationships and significance of character states may be obscured within paravian dinosaurs. A complete specimen of a new taxon of microraptorine dromaeosaur, Wulong bohaiensis gen. et sp. nov., from the Jiufotang Formation (upper Jehol Group) exhibits clearly juvenile morphology. The dinosaur is small and preserved in articulation on a single slab. It has microraptorine features such as a subarctometatarsalian foot, a short first manual digit, and a prominent tubercle on the pubis. Phylogenetic analysis substantiates this assignment. It also possesses more than 29 tail vertebrae, inclined pneumatic foramina on its dorsal vertebrae, and an unusually large coracoid fenestra, which with other features argue that it is a new taxon. This individual shows many osteological markers of immaturity identified in other archosaurs. Skull elements, all visible neurocentral sutures, pubes, and proximal tarsals remain unfused. Grainy surface texture of the cortical bone and poor ossification of long bone articular surfaces further supports an immature status. Histologic samples of the tibia, fibula, and humerus of this individual (the first microraptorine theropod to be sampled) confirm that it was around a single year in age and still growing at death, but that the growth had slowed. This slow down in growth is interesting in light of the presence of pennaceous feathers extending from the fore- and hind-limbs and, notably, two long plumes extending more than 12 cm from the tip of the caudal series. This indicates that presence of a variety of feather types, including filamentous feathers, pennaceous primaries, and long rectrices, likely used for ornamentation, preceded skeletal maturity and full adult size.