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The ascent of birds : how modern science is revealing their story

Author: John Reilly
Publisher: Exeter, UK : Pelagic Publishing, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When and where did the ancestors of modern birds evolve? How did these early birds spread across the globe and give rise to the 10,600-plus species we recognise today? Based on the latest scientific  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Reilly
ISBN: 9781784271695 1784271691
OCLC Number: 1013594714
Description: xxiii, 340 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Timeline --
Geological ages --
Prologue : Evolution of an idea --
Part one. The non-passerines. The tinamou's story : death of a paradigm --
The vegavis's story : the cradle of modern birds --
The waterfowl's story : refugia, high living and sex --
The hoatzin's story : an improbable voyage --
The penguin's story : phenotype and environment --
The storm petrel's story : sympatry versus allopatry --
The albatross's story : the species problem --
The godwit's story : quantum compasses --
The buzzard's story : accidental speciation --
The owl's story : nightlife --
The oilbird's story : evolutionary distinctiveness --
The hummingbird's story : a route of evanescence --
The parrot's story : vicariance and dispersal --
Part two. The passerines. The New Zealand wren's story : a novel foot --
The manakin's story : why so many suboscines? --
The sapayoa's story : odd one out --
The scrubbird's story : where song began --
The bowerbird's story : extended phenotypes --
The crow's story : cognitive skills --
The bird-of-paradise's story : sexual selection --
The starling's story : structural colours --
The thrush's story : sweepstake dispersals --
The sparrow's story : hybridisation and speciation --
The zebra finch's story : evolution of birdsong --
The white-eye's story : supertramps and great speciators --
The crossbill's story : adaptive radiation and coevolution --
The tanager's story : a final flourish --
Postscript : the sixth extinction.
Responsibility: John Reilly.

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