Ten Thousand Birds

Editor/Author Birkhead, Tim, Wimpenny, Jo and Montgomerie, Bob
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Price: Core Collection Only
ISBN: 978-0-69-115197-7
Category: Animals & Veterinary Medicine
Image Count: 203
Book Status: Available
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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.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • CHAPTER 1 Yesterday's Birds
  • CHAPTER 2 The Origin and Diversification of Species
  • CHAPTER 3 Birds on the Tree of Life
  • CHAPTER 4 Ebb and Flow
  • CHAPTER 5 Ecological Adaptations for Breeding
  • CHAPTER 6 Form and Function
  • CHAPTER 7 The Study of Instinct
  • CHAPTER 8 Behavior as Adaptation
  • CHAPTER 9 Selection in Relation to Sex
  • CHAPTER 10 Population Studies of Birds
  • CHAPTER 11 Tomorrow's Birds
  • Appendix 1: Some Histories of Ornithology
  • Appendix 2: Five Hundred Ornithologists
  • References
  • Image Credits