Feathers: 1 of 2: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle Audible Audiobook – Unabridged. Thor Hanson (Author), Andy Ingalls (Narrator), Audible Studios (Publisher)

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ANIMAL RELATIONSHIPS. 245 ent groups which now repeat some of their most im- portant characteristics. Well-known examples of these forms are the Pterodactyl, a flying reptile, and the archaeopteryx, a reptile-like bird. We do not know that any living birds or reptiles have descended directly from the archaeopteryx, but it

Feathers: 1 of 2: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle  Audible Audiobook – Unabridged.  Thor Hanson (Author), Andy Ingalls (Narrator), Audible Studios (Publisher)


Feathers are an evolutionary marvel: Aerodynamic, insulating, beguiling. They date back more than 100 million years. Yet their story has never been fully told.

In Feathers, biologist Thor Hanson details a sweeping natural history, as feathers have been used to fly, protect, attract, and adorn through time and place. Applying the research of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers, and even art historians, Hanson asks: What are feathers? How did they evolve? What do they mean to us?

Engineers call feathers the most efficient insulating material ever discovered, and they are at the root of biology's most enduring debate. They silence the flight of owls and keep penguins dry below the ice. They have decorated queens, jesters, and priests. And they have inked documents from the Constitution to the novels of Jane Austen.

Feathers is a captivating and beautiful exploration of this most enchanting object.