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Feathers : the evolution of a natural miracle

Author: Thor Hanson
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2011.
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A biologist presents the natural history of feathers, applying the findings of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers, and art historians to answer questions about the origin of feathers, their evolution, and their uses throughout the ages.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thor Hanson
ISBN: 9780465020133 0465020135 9780465023462 0465023460 9780465028788 0465028780
OCLC Number: 657595624
Description: xvi, 336 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.
Contents: A natural miracle --
The Rosetta Stone --
Heat shields, gliders, and insect scoops --
The Yixian Formation --
How to catch a muttonbird --
Keeping warm --
Staying cool --
Ground-up or tree-down? --
A feathered hammer --
The perfect airfoil --
The birds of paradise --
A feather in her cap --
Give us those nice bright colors --
Of murres and muddlers --
The mighty Penna --
The featherless head --
A debt of wonder --
An illustrated guide to feathers --
Feathers and conservation.
Responsibility: Thor Hanson.
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Feathers are quite an evolutionary marvel: aerodynamic, insulating, beguiling. Their story begins in the Jurassic and leads through the development of flight to high fashion. This title tells a  Read more...

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Robert Michael Pyle, author of "Wintergreen" and "Mariposa Road"""Feathers" is simply a splendid book! Even for one biased toward butterfly scales, their closest competitors in the animal raiment Read more...

 
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