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Taking Wing - Adjunct Professor of Anthropology Pat Shipman

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Title
Taking Wing - Archaeopteryx and the Evolution of Bird Flight
Author
Adjunct Professor of Anthropology Pat Shipman
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19990115

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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Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
United States
Number of Pages
336

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