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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 totally told.

In Feathers, biologist Thor Hanson information a sweeping traditional background, as feathers were used to fly, guard, allure, and embellish via time and position. employing the learn 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 stumbled on, and they're on the root of biology's so much enduring debate. They silence the flight of owls and preserve penguins dry under the ice. they've got adorned queens, jesters, and clergymen. they usually have inked files from the structure to the novels of Jane Austen.

Feathers is a charming and gorgeous exploration of this so much mesmerizing object.

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