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The feathery tribe : Robert Ridgway and the modern study of birds

Author: Daniel Lewis
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Amateurs and professionals studying birds at the end of the nineteenth century were a contentious, passionate group with goals that intersected, collided and occasionally merged in their writings and organizations. Driven by a desire to advance science, as well as by ego, pride, honor, insecurity, religion and other clashing sensibilities, they struggled to absorb the implications of evolution after Darwin. In the
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Robert Ridgway
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Lewis
ISBN: 9780300175523 0300175523
OCLC Number: 759174340
Notes: The Field Museum Library notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [327]-336) and index.
Marie Louise Rosenthal Book Fund 3920 (2012-Q4).
Acc no.: 256277.
Description: xxi, 346 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The making of a bird man --
The Smithsonian years --
To have or have not : America's first bird organizations --
Bird study collections --
Nomenclatural struggles, checklists, and codes --
Publications about birds --
Standardizing the colors of birds : Ridgeway's color dictionaries.
Responsibility: Daniel Lewis.
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Explores the professionalization of ornithology through one of its key figures: Robert Ridgway, the Smithsonian Institution's first curator of birds and one of North America's most important natural  Read more...
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