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A red bird in a brown bag: the function and evolution of colorful plumage in the house finch

Author: Geoffrey E Hill
Publisher: Oxford Oxford University Press 2002
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents a study on the evolution of sexual selection in birds, as addressed through a research program by an ornithologist. This book also gives a portrait of the challenges and constraints of  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey E Hill
ISBN: 0195148487 9780195148480
OCLC Number: 901265072
Description: 318 p. ill.
Contents: Part 1: Prelude ; 1. Darwinism and Wallacism: A Brief Account of the Long History of the Study of Plumage Coloration ; 2. A Red Bird in a Brown Bag: An Introduction to the House Finch ; 3. In the Eye of the Beholder: Color Vision and the Quantification of Colour ; Part 2: The Proximate Control and Function of Red Plumage ; 4. You Are What You Eat: Plumage Pigments and Carotenoid Physiology ; 5. A Matter of Condition: The Effect of Environment on Plumage Coloration ; 6. Darwin Vindicated: Female Choice and Sexual Selection in the House Finch ; 7. Fine Fathers and Good Genes: The Direct and Indirect benefits of female choice ; 8. Studs, Duds, and Studly Duds: Plumage Coloration, Hormones, and Dominance ; 9. The Feeling's Mutual: Female Plumage Coloration and Male Mate Choice ; Part 3: Biogeography and the Evolution of Colorful Plumage ; 10. From the Halls of Montezuma, to the Shores of Tripoli (New York): Populations, Subspecies, and Geographic Variation in Ornamental Coloration ; 11. Why Red?: The Evolution of Color Display ; Epilogue ; Glossary
Responsibility: Geoffrey E. Hill [aut].

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Geoff Hill shows just how valuable it is to tackle a topic from many directions and to stick at it: new research avenues always emerge ... in this book you will find him fairly open-minded and Read more...

 
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