Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle


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Basic Books
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5.4 X 8.0 X 1.0 inches | 0.7 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.



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
[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
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-winningauthor of The Snow Leopard and Shadow Country
Absolutely fascinating history, and a terrific read.--Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing inthe 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, EmeritusProfessor of Biology, University of Vermont; author ofWinter World and Mind of the Raven
Feathers is simply a splendid book!--Robert Michael Pyle, authorof Wintergreen and Mariposa Road
[A] fascinating and eminently readable exploration.--Booklist