Book Review: Feathered Dinosaurs
by John Long and Peter Schouten
When paleo-artist Gregory S. Paul published Predatory Dinosaurs of the World in 1989, the idea that many theropod dinosaurs might have been covered in feathers was still controversial. The hypothesis that birds evolved from small, predatory dinosaurs was still being hotly debated, and it would be another seven years before the first non-avian feathered dinosaur, Sinosauropteryx, was found.
Since that time, paleontologists have been inundated by a flood of feathered dinosaur fossils. There can no longer be any reasonable doubt that birds are living dinosaurs, and the fossil record has made it clear that many “bird” characteristics appeared first in dinosaurs. Surely there are still more discoveries to be made, but perhaps the best general review of the present collection of plumage-covered dinosaurs can be found in John Long and Peter Schouten’s recently published Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin of Birds…
* Also, I just bought this book, and it is amazing.