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On the Wing: Insects, Pterosaurus, Birds, Bats and the Evolution of Animal Flight - David E. Alexander
On the Wing: Insects, Pterosaurus, Birds, Bats and the Evolution of Animal Flight
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Ask anybody what superpower they wished to possess and odds are the answer just might be "the ability to fly." What is it about soaring through the air held up by the power of one's own body that has captivated humans for so long? David Alexander examines the evolution of flight in the only four... show more
Ask anybody what superpower they wished to possess and odds are the answer just might be "the ability to fly." What is it about soaring through the air held up by the power of one's own body that has captivated humans for so long? David Alexander examines the evolution of flight in the only four animals to have evolved this ability: insects, pterosaurs, birds, and bats. With an accessible writing style grounded in rigorous research, Alexander breaks new ground in a field that has previously been confined to specialists. While birds have received the majority of attention from flight researchers, Alexander pays equal attention to all four groups of flyers-something that no other book on the subject has done before now. In a streamlined and captivating way, David Alexander demonstrates the links between the tiny 2-mm thrip and the enormous albatross with the 12 feet wingspan used to cross oceans. The book delves into the fossil record of flyers enough to satisfy the budding paleontologist, while also pleasing ornithologists and entomologists alike with its treatment of animal behavior, flapping mechanisms, and wing-origin theory. Alexander uses relatable examples to draw in readers even without a natural interest in birds, bees, and bats. He takes something that is so off-limits and unfamiliar to humans-the act of flying-and puts it in the context of experiences that many readers can relate to. Alexander guides readers through the anomalies of the flying world: hovering hummingbirds, unexpected gliders (squirrels, for instance), and the flyers that went extinct (pterosaurs). Alexander also delves into wing-origin theory and explores whether birds entered the skies from the trees down (as gliders) or from the ground up (as runners) and uses the latest fossil evidence to present readers with an answer.
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780199996773 (0199996776)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
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4.0 On the Wing by David E. Alexander
TITLE: On the Wing: Insects, Pterosaurus, Birds, Bats and the Evolution of Animal Flight AUTHOR: David E. Alexander DATE PUBLISHED: 2015 FORMAT: Hardcover ISBN-13: 9780199996773 ___________________________ DESCRIPTION: "Ask anybody what superpower they wished to possess and odds are the...
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5.0 On the Wing
by David E. Alexander Non-fiction This is a very interesting book about animal flight. It divides flying creatures into four types, covering birds, insects and even extinct pterosaurs and explains the mechanisms behind their abilities to fly and in some cases, even to hover. The book covers ho...
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4.5 Reading progress update: I've read 224 out of 224 pages.
Netgalley pile minus 1. I learned a lot while reading this. This is about how wings on animals and insects have evolved over time. This would be perfect for high school and college students. IIt would make the perfect addition to any school or public library. Every year, for x-mas, I purchase a bo...
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