By Thor Hanson
Feathers are an evolutionary surprise: aerodynamic, insulating, beguiling. They date again greater than a hundred million years. but their tale hasn't ever been absolutely told.
In Feathers, biologist Thor Hanson info a sweeping normal historical past, as feathers were used to fly, safeguard, allure, and beautify via time and position. using the examine of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers, or even artwork historians, Hanson asks: What are feathers? How did they evolve? What do they suggest to us?
Engineers name feathers the best insulating fabric ever came across, and they're on the root of biology's such a lot enduring debate. They silence the flight of owls and continue penguins dry less than the ice. they've got adorned queens, jesters, and monks. and so they have inked files from the structure to the novels of Jane Austen.
Feathers is an enthralling and gorgeous exploration of this so much mesmerizing item.
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