The Evolution of A Natural Miracle

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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.
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books,, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780465020133
Branch Call Number: 598.147 HA
Characteristics: pages cm


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Oct 30, 2015

This book is great! Read it!

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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