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Feathers : the evolution of a natural miracle

Author: Thor Hanson
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The natural and cultural history of how people, birds, and the feather came together.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hanson, Thor.
Feathers.
New York : Basic Books, ©2011
(DLC) 2011003272
(OCoLC)657595624
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thor Hanson
ISBN: 9780465023462 0465023460
OCLC Number: 727106416
Awards: Winner of Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (Regional Book) 2012
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 336 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents: A natural miracle --
Evolution. The Rosetta Stone ; Heat shields, gliders, and insect scoops ; The Yixian Formation ; How to catch a muttonbird --
Fluff. Keeping warm ; Staying cool --
Flight. Ground-up or tree-down? ; A feathered hammer ; The perfect airfoil --
Fancy. The birds of paradise ; A feather in her cap ; Give us those nice bright colors --
Function. Of murres and muddlers; The mighty Penna ; The featherless head --
A debt of wonder --
Appendix A. An illustrated guide to feathers --
Appendix B. Feathers and conservation.
Responsibility: Thor Hanson.
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