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Ten Thousand Birds - Ornithology since Darwin (Hardcover)

Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny, Bob Montgomerie

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"Ten Thousand Birds" provides a thoroughly engaging and authoritative history of modern ornithology, tracing how the study of birds has been shaped by a succession of visionary and often-controversial personalities, and by the unique social and scientific contexts in which these extraordinary individuals worked. This beautifully illustrated book opens in the middle of the nineteenth century when ornithology was a museum-based discipline focused almost exclusively on the anatomy, taxonomy, and classification of dead birds. It describes how in the early 1900s pioneering individuals such as Erwin Stresemann, Ernst Mayr, and Julian Huxley recognized the importance of studying live birds in the field, and how this shift thrust ornithology into the mainstream of the biological sciences. The book tells the stories of eccentrics like Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, a pathological liar who stole specimens from museums and quite likely murdered his wife, and describes the breathtaking insights and discoveries of ambitious and influential figures such as David Lack, Niko Tinbergen, Robert MacArthur, and others who through their studies of birds transformed entire fields of biology.

"Ten Thousand Birds" brings this history vividly to life through the work and achievements of those who advanced the field. Drawing on a wealth of archival material and in-depth interviews, this fascinating book reveals how research on birds has contributed more to our understanding of animal biology than the study of just about any other group of organisms.

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Imprint: Princeton University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 2014
First published: 2014
Authors: Tim Birkhead • Jo Wimpenny • Bob Montgomerie
Dimensions: 261 x 213 x 39mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 524
ISBN-13: 978-0-691-15197-7
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Categories: Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Zoology & animal sciences
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Zoology & animal sciences > Vertebrates
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Zoology & animal sciences > Vertebrates > Birds (ornithology)
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LSN: 0-691-15197-0
Barcode: 9780691151977

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