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Ten Thousand Birds

Ornithology Since Darwin
Birkhead, T. R. (Book - 2014)
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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.
Authors: Birkhead, T. R.
Title: Ten thousand birds
ornithology since Darwin
Publisher: Princeton :, Princeton University Press,, [2014]
Characteristics: xvii, 524 pages :,illustrations (some color), color maps ;,26 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny, Bob Montgomerie
Contents: Yesterday's birds
The origin and diversification of species
Birds on the tree of life
Ebb and flow
Ecological adaptations for breeding
Form and function
The study of instinct
Behavior as adaptation
Selection in relation to sex
Population studies of birds
Tomorrow's birds
Appendix 1. Some histories of ornithology
Appendix 2. Five hundred ornithologists
Additional Contributors: Montgomerie, Robert D. (Robert Dennis), Author
Wimpenny, Jo Author
ISBN: 0691151970
Branch Call Number: 598.09 B6192t 2014
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 467-496) and index
Subject Headings: Evolution (Biology) Birds Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 Influence Ornithologists Ornithology History 21st century Ornithology History 20th century Ornithology History 19th century
Topical Term: Evolution (Biology)
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