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Author Birkhead, Tim,
Title Ten Thousand Birds : Ornithology since Darwin / Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny, Bob Montgomerie.
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014.

Author Birkhead, Tim,
Subject Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 -- Influence.
Ornithology -- History -- 19th century.
Ornithology -- History -- 20th century.
Ornithology -- History -- 21st century.
Evolution (Biology)
Alt Name Wimpenny, Jo,
Montgomerie, Robert D. (Robert Dennis),
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 524 pages) : illustrations (some color), color maps
Note Print version record.
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 -- Afterword -- Appendix 1. Some histories of ornithology -- Appendix 2. Five hundred ornithologists.
Summary 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.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note In English.
ISBN 9781400848836 (electronic bk.)
1400848830 (electronic bk.)
0691151970 (hardcover)
9780691151977 (hardcover)
9780691151977 (hardcover)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1515/9781400848836
OCLC # 870592174
Additional Format Print version: Birkhead, T.R. Ten thousand birds. Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2014] 9780691151977 (DLC) 2013939390 (OCoLC)863172380

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