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Feathers : the evolution of a natural miracle / Thor Hanson.

Hanson, Thor. (Author).

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  • 3 of 4 copies available at Sage Library System.

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0 current holds with 4 total copies.

Summary:

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)
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Baker County Library 598.147 .H251f (Text) 37814002482413 NON-FICTION Book None 11/16/2011 Available -
Harney County Library 598.147 HANSON (Text) 37720000543140 Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 01/06/2017 Checked out 10/04/2021
Hood River County Library 598.14 HAN 2011 (Text) 33892100583930 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 01/08/2019 Available -
Sherman County Public/School Library 598.147 HAN (Text) 37039000005103 NON-FICTION Book None 08/16/2012 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0465020135
  • ISBN: 9780465020133
  • Physical Description: xvi, 336 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Basic Books, [2011]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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.
Summary, etc.:
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)
Subject: Feathers
Birds

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