Low, T. 2014. Where Song Began: Australia’s birds and how they changed the world. Melbourne, Australia: Viking
In Where Song Began , Tim Low tells us
that he decided to write the book because of
one opposite of song: silence ; the silence of
the ornithological community about the recent
revolution in our understanding of birds.
For most of the Twentieth Century, it was
believed that birds originated in Europe. There
was good reason for this: the oldest known bird,
which looked much like a dinosaur, is Archaeopteryx
lithographica , described by Meyer in
1861. It lived in Germany during the Jurassic,
150 million years ago and no older, uncontestable
bird fossils have ever been found.