Feathers: 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.
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Hanson is a writer and naturalist from the Pacific Northwest. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda and has also lived and studied in Kenya and Tanzania. He studied ecology and writing at the University of Redlands, and received his Masters degree from the University of Vermont's Field Naturalist Program.

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Publisher
Basic Books
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Published on
May 31, 2011
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780465023462
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Animals / Birds
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / Ornithology
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