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

Author: David E Alexander
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 evaluates both traditional and modern wing-origin theories in light of new fossil and genetic evidence.
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Alexander, David E., 1955-
On the wing : insects, pterosaurs, birds, bats and the evolution of animal flight.
Oxford, [England] ; New York, New York : Oxford University Press, c2015
xi, 210 pages
2015006783.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David E Alexander
ISBN: 0199996784 9780199996780
OCLC Number: 916530917
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Note on Sources; 1. Can't Tell the Players without a Scorecard; 2. Theme and Variations: Similarities and Differences among Nature's Flyers; 3. How to Fly?; 4. Gliding Animals: Flight without Power; 5. Insects: First to Fly; 6. Birds: The Feathered Flyers; 7. Bats: Wings in the Dark; 8. Pterosaurs: Bygone Dragons; 9. Pedestrians Descended from Flyers: Loss of Flight; 10. Unifying Themes?; Bibliography; Index.
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 evaluates both traditional and modern wing-origin theories in light of new fossil and genetic evidence.

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