Birds and Us

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Birds and Us

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Author :   Tim Birkhead
Publisher :   Viking
Published :   03/03/2022
ISBN :   9780241460498
Format :   Hardback
Pages :   xx, 441 , 32 unnumbered of plates
Size (mm) :   240x162x42
Weight (g) :   779

Since the dawn of human history, birds have stirred our imagination, inspiring and challenging our ideas about science, faith, art and philosophy. Looking to the skies above, we have variously worshipped them as gods, hunted them for sustenance, adorned... Read more
 
Since the dawn of human history, birds have stirred our imagination, inspiring and challenging our ideas about science, faith, art and philosophy. Looking to the skies above, we have variously worshipped them as gods, hunted them for sustenance, adorned ourselves in their feathers, studied their wings to engineer flight and, more recently, attempted to protect them. In 'Birds and Us', ornithologist Tim Birkhead takes us on an epic and dazzling journey through this mutual history with birds, from the ibises mummified and deified by Ancient Egyptians to Renaissance experiments on woodpecker anatomy, from Victorian obsessions with egg collecting to the present fight to save endangered species and restore their habitats. Weaving in stories from his own life as a scientists, this book is a culmination of a lifetime's research.