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Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle
 
 
Author
Thor Hanson.
Publisher Basic Books  
Format as is, hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780465020133
Pages/Publication Date 336/2011
Daedalus Item Code 30252
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Feathers are an evolutionary marvel—aerodynamic, insulating, and beautiful—that first appeared more than 100 million years ago. But what are feathers, exactly? How did they evolve? And what do they mean to us, culturally and symbolically? Feathers silence the flight of owls and keep penguins dry below the ice. They have decorated queens, jesters, and priests. Engineers call feathers the most efficient insulating material ever discovered, and their quills have inked documents from the U.S. Constitution to the novels of Jane Austen. In this sweeping natural history, biologist Thor Hanson portrays feathers as they have been used to fly, protect, attract, and adorn.
 
 
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