Feathers

Feathers

The Evolution of A Natural Miracle

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Baker & Taylor
A biologist presents the natural history of feathers, applying the findings of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers and art historians to answer questions about the origin of feathers, their evolution and their uses throughout the ages.

Perseus Publishing
Feathers are an evolutionary marvel: aerodynamic, insulating, beguiling. They date back more than 100 million years. Yet their story has never been fully told.

In Feathers, biologist Thor Hanson details a sweeping natural history, as feathers have been used to fly, protect, attract, and adorn through time and place. Applying the research of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers, and even art historians, Hanson asks: What are feathers? How did they evolve? What do they mean to us?

Engineers call feathers the most efficient insulating material ever discovered, and they are at the root of biology's most enduring debate. They silence the flight of owls and keep penguins dry below the ice. They have decorated queens, jesters, and priests. And they have inked documents from the Constitution to the novels of Jane Austen.

Feathers is a captivating and beautiful exploration of this most enchanting object.


The natural and cultural history of how people, birds, and the feather came together


Book News
The science, evolution, and practice of studying and identifying feathers are the subject of this delightful book for the general reader. The author traveled widely, interviewing specialists, to piece together what we know about feathers: the almost impossible genius of their many uses and effectiveness, the history of their study and use as ornament, and the current theories about their evolution, based on fossils found in Wyoming, Liaoning, China, and elsewhere. The volume is well-illustrated with drawings. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A biologist presents the natural history of feathers, applying the findings of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers, and art historians to answer questions about the origin of feathers, their evolution, and their uses throughout the ages.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2011
ISBN: 9780465020133
0465020135
Branch Call Number: 598.147 H1989f 2011
Characteristics: xvi, 336 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm

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Lavenderseas
Oct 30, 2015

This book is great! Read it!

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MDianeRogers
Aug 09, 2011

What a very interesting and very readable book. How complicated such a seemingly 'simple' natural thing is - and how wonderful. Your pillow will never be the same to you.
Just can't remember who recommended this great book to me, so "Thank You" to whoever you are.

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