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Foth / Rauhut

The Evolution of Feathers

From Their Origin to the Present

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1st ed. 2020 2020. Buch. viii, 243 S. 9 s/w-Abbildungen, 71 Farbabbildungen, 20 Farbtabellen, Bibliographien. Hardcover

Springer. ISBN 978-3-030-27222-7

Format (B x L): 17,8 x 25,4 cm

Gewicht: 887 g

In englischer Sprache

Das Werk ist Teil der Reihe: Fascinating Life Sciences

Produktbeschreibung

Feathers are one of the most unique characteristics of modern birds and represent the most complex and colourful type of skin derivate within vertebrates, while also fulfilling various biological roles, including flight, thermal insulation, display, and sensory function. For years it was generally assumed that the origin of flight was the main driving force for the evolution of feathers. However, various discoveries of dinosaur species with filamentous body coverings, made over the past 20 years, have fundamentally challenged this idea and produced new evolutionary scenarios for the origin of feathers. This book is devoted to the origin and evolution of feathers, and highlights the impact of palaeontology on this research field by reviewing a number of spectacular fossil discoveries that document the increasing morphological complexity along the evolutionary path to modern birds. Also featuring chapters on fossil feather colours, feather development and its genetic control, the book offers a timely and comprehensive overview of this popular research topic.

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