Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle (MP3 CD)

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By Thor Hanson, Andy Ingalls (Read by)
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Hanson, a conservation biologist, traces the development of birds and their feathers - why, when and how - taking us from research paleontologists to a shop in Las Vegas that dyes feathers by hand for costumes. Fascinating, informative, entertaining and highly readable. — Louise Jones

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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.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781511316699
ISBN-10: 1511316691
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Language: English
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