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On the wing : insects, pterosaurs, birds, bats and the evolution of animal flight

Author: David E Alexander; Sara L Taliaferro
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From airplanes to birds, the phenomenon of flight has always amazed and mystified humans. Therefore, it is unsurprising that scientists have invested a substantial amount of research into unraveling the secrets of flight evolution. Over the course of the past decade, the science of flight evolution has recently experienced a research renaissance, most of the information has been confined to the ivory tower of
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David E Alexander; Sara L Taliaferro
ISBN: 9780199996773 0199996776
OCLC Number: 907657340
Description: xi, 210 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Can't tell the players without a scorecard --
Theme and variations : similarities and differences among nature's flyers --
How to fly? --
Gliding animals : flight without power --
Insects : first to fly --
Birds : the feathered flyers --
Bats : wings in the dark --
Pterosaurs : bygone dragons --
Pedestrians descended from flyers : loss of flight --
Unifying themes?
Responsibility: David E. Alexander ; illustrations by Sara L. Taliaferro.

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On the Wing is the first book to take a comprehensive look at the evolution of flight in all four groups of powered flyers: insects, pterosaurs, birds and bats. David Alexander describes and  Read more...

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