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On the wing : the evolution of animal flight

Author: David E Alexander; Sara L Taliaferro
Publisher: New York, New York : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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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."--Jacket.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David E Alexander; Sara L Taliaferro
ISBN: 9780199996773 0199996776
OCLC Number: 973691789
Description: 210 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 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?
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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