Rise of the Dragon: Readings from Nature on the Chinese Fossil Record

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Henry Gee
University of Chicago Press, 2001 - 262 من الصفحات
Over the past decade, fossil finds from China have stunned the world, grabbing headlines and changing perceptions with a wealth of new discoveries. Many of these finds were first announced to English speakers in the journal Nature.Rise of the Dragon gathers together sixteen of these original reports, some augmented with commentaries originally published in Nature's "News and Views" section.

Perhaps the best known of these new Chinese fossils are the famous feathered dinosaurs from Liaoning Province, which may help end one of the most intense debates in paleontology—whether birds evolved from dinosaurs. But other finds have been just as spectacular, such as the minutely preserved (to the cellular level) animal embryos of the 670 million-year-old Duoshantuo phosphorites, or the world's oldest known fish, from the Chengjiang formation in southwestern Yunnan Province.

Rise of the Dragon makes descriptions and detailed discussions of these important finds available in one convenient volume for paleontologists and serious fossil fans.
 

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Foreword ZheXi Luo Introduction
1
ThreeDimensional Preservation of Algae and Animal Embryos
9
Animal Embryos in Deep Time
21
An Early Cambrian Craniatelike Chordate
32
Lower Cambrian Vertebrates from South China
42
Catching the First Fish
53
A Primitive Fossil Fish Sheds Light on the Origin
56
Something Fishy in the Family Tree
64
Two Feathered Dinosaurs from Northeastern China
105
When Is a Bird Not a Bird?
119
A Chinese Triconodont Mammal and Mosaic Evolution
130
A New Symmetrodont Mammal from China and Its Implications
143
Blostratigraphy of New Pterosaurs from China
157
A Refugium for Relicts?
164
Supplementary Information 175 Contributors
251
Index
259

Feathers Filaments and Theropod Dinosaurs
83
A Dromaeosaurld Dinosaur with a Filamentous Integument
96

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Henry Gee is a senior editor at Nature. He is the author of Before the Backbone: Views on the Origin of the Vertebrates and In Search of Deep Time: Beyond the Fossil Record to a New History of Life and the editor of Shaking the Tree: Readings from Nature in the History of Life, the last also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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