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Taking Wing: Archaeopteryx and the Evolution of Bird Flight

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In 1861, just a few years after the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, a scientist named Hermann von Meyer made an amazing discovery. Hidden in the Bavarian region of Germany was a fossil skeleton so exquisitely preserved that its wings and feathers were as obvious as its reptilian jaws and tail. This transitional creature offered tangible proof of Darwin's theory of evolution.

Hailed as the First Bird, Archaeopteryx has remained the subject of heated debates for the last 140 years. Are birds actually living dinosaurs? Where does the fossil record really lead? Did flight originate from the "ground up" or "trees down"? Pat Shipman traces the age-old human desire to soar above the earth and to understand what has come before us. Taking Wing is science as adventure story, told with all the drama by which scientific understanding unfolds.

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In 1861, just a few years after the publication of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species, " a scientist named Hermann von Meyer made an amazing discovery. Hidden in the Bavarian region of Germany was a fossil skeleton so exquisitely preserved that its wings and feathers were as obvious as its reptilian jaws and tail. This transitional creature offered tangible proof of Darwin's theory of evolution.

Hailed as the First Bird, "Archaeopteryx" has remained the subject of heated debates for the last 140 years. Are birds actually living dinosaurs? Where does the fossil record really lead? Did flight originate from the "ground up" or "trees down"? Pat Shipman traces the age-old human desire to soar above the earth and to understand what has come before us. "Taking Wing" is science as adventure story, told with all the drama by which scientific understanding unfolds.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-310) and index.

About the Author

Pat Shipman, an anthropologist at Pennsylvania State University, is the author of The Evolution of Racism and, with Alan Walker, The Wisdom of the Bones. She has written extensively on evolution and anthropology for such magazines as Discover, Natural History, New Scientist, and Focus. She lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue: A Flight of Fancy

Chapter 1: Taking Wing

Chapter 2: What's the Flap?

Chapter 3: Flight Plan

Chapter 4: Nesting Sites

Chapter 5: A Bird in the Hand

Chapter 6: Birds of a Feather

Chapter 7: On the Wing

Chapter 8: One Fell Swoop

Chapter 9: Dragons Fly

Chapter 10: Pathways to the Skies

Chapter 11: Flying High

Chapter 12: The Tangled Wing

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684849652
Author:
Shipman, Pat
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Birds
Subject:
Fossils
Subject:
Birds -- Flight.
Subject:
Archaeopteryx.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
General Science
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
93-R027
Publication Date:
January 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 17.22 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In 1861, just a few years after the publication of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species, " a scientist named Hermann von Meyer made an amazing discovery. Hidden in the Bavarian region of Germany was a fossil skeleton so exquisitely preserved that its wings and feathers were as obvious as its reptilian jaws and tail. This transitional creature offered tangible proof of Darwin's theory of evolution.

Hailed as the First Bird, "Archaeopteryx" has remained the subject of heated debates for the last 140 years. Are birds actually living dinosaurs? Where does the fossil record really lead? Did flight originate from the "ground up" or "trees down"? Pat Shipman traces the age-old human desire to soar above the earth and to understand what has come before us. "Taking Wing" is science as adventure story, told with all the drama by which scientific understanding unfolds.

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