Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle

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5.52 X 8.27 X 0.91 inches | 0.76 pounds

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About the Author

Thor Hanson is a conservation biologist, Guggenheim Fellow, and author of award-winning books including Buzz, Feathers, The Impenetrable Forest, and The Triumph of Seeds. He lives with his wife and son on an island in Washington State.



"[C]aptivating.... Beginning with the evolution of birds, Hanson...unfolds the human fascination with feathers in terms of science, commerce, tools, folklore, art, and aerodynamics with panache."--Audubon
"Feathers is simply a splendid book!"--Robert Michael Pyle, author of Wintergreen and Mariposa Road
"Thor Hanson's Feathers is a sparkling history...popular natural history at its best."--New Scientist
"An illuminating study of an evolutionary marvel."--Economist
"A winning book about the extraordinary place of feathers in animal and human history."--Wall Street Journal
"Feathers is an impressive blend of beauty, form, and function."--Natural History
"Thor Hanson's storytelling is enhanced by his infectious excitement.... Feathers is a compelling introduction to one of nature's wonders."--Nature
"A readable introduction to feathers and what they mean for birds and mankind."--Science
"[Feathers] is gracious, funny, persuasive and wide ranging."--Amanda Katz, New York Times
"[D]elightful.... [A] fascinating inquiry into one of those common things that are easy to overlook until someone shows what a miracle it is."--Seattle Times
"[Hanson] gives unexpected substance to his nearly weightless subject."--Discover
"There are many feathery gems to be discovered in this book.... Feathers is a book designed to be read, not skimmed, with every page revealing new layers of understanding."--Examiner
"To read Feathers is to meet up with an enthusiastic old friend who simply cannot wait to tell you about something he just discovered...a must-read by bird watchers and naturalists of all levels of interest or experience."--Bird Watcher's Digest
"A fascinating book...unusually well-written. Highly recommended."--Peter Matthiessen, National Book Award-winning author of The Snow Leopard and Shadow Country
"Absolutely fascinating history, and a terrific read."--Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
"This is rich and engaging ornithology at its best."--Frank B. Gill, author of Ornithology
"This is science written in clear and entertaining prose; a great read."--Bernd Heinrich, Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Vermont; author of Winter World and Mind of the Raven
"[A] fascinating and eminently readable exploration."--Booklist