Taking Wing : Archaeopteryx and the Evolution of Bird Flight

Taking Wing : Archaeopteryx and the Evolution of Bird Flight by Pat Shipman 0684811316 9780684811314
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A birds-eye view of evolution through the story of Archaeopteryx, the fossil skeleton of a transitional bird-reptile that offers a stunning glimpse into the origins of flight -- and the drama with which scientific understanding unfolds.<P>A few years after the publication of Charles Darwins The Origin of Species, the scientific world was set aflutter by an amazing discovery: a fossil skeleton exquisitely preserved even to the impressions of individual feathers on its wings had been found in the Bavarian region of Germany. Researchers determined that the unique coupling of its avian feathers and reptilian toothy skull offered tangible proof of Darwins theory of evolution.<P>Hailed as First Bird, Archaeopteryx became a celebrity among fossils, the subject of heated debates that have escalated over the past 130 years. Are birds actually living dinosaurs? Where does the fossil record really lead? What does it mean to fly? Shipmans story unfolds through the braided tales of the evolutionary process and the scientists who have so painstakingly pieced it together.<P>The Tangled Wing is a brilliant piece of scientific detective work in it

Author: Pat Shipman

Language: English

Edition: 1ST

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 336

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 1998-01-15


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