Charles Darwin's Life With Birds: His Complete Ornithology by Clifford B. FrithCharles Darwin's Life With Birds: His Complete Ornithology by Clifford B. Frith

Charles Darwin's Life With Birds: His Complete Ornithology

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Much of Charles Darwin's groundbreaking work as an evolutionary biologist stemmed from his study of birds. It is universally acknowledged that Darwin's observation of bird groups and species like the Galapagos finches, mockingbirds, and rock doves was critical to the development of histheories on natural selection, evolution, and sexual selection. The significant number of diverse birds that Darwin covered in his published works represents a most substantial ornithological contribution. His major books alone contain reference to and consideration of almost 500 bird species, aswell as interesting and pertinent discussion of over 100 ornithological topics. "Charles Darwin's Birds" is a comprehensive treatment of Darwin's work as an ornithologist. Clifford Frith discusses every ornithological topic and bird species that Darwin researched, providing a complete historical survey of his published writing on birds. Through this, we learn how Darwin becamean increasingly skilled and eventually exceptional ornithologist, and how his relationships grew with contemporary scientists like John Gould. It examines how Darwin was influenced by birds, and how the major themes of his research developed through his study of them. The book also features 4appendices, which contain brief accounts of every bird species Darwin wrote about, basic ornithological information about each of the species, and a listing of where the species appears in Darwin's work.

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Clifford B. Frith is an ornithologist and wildlife photographer. He has held appointments at The Natural History Museum in London and has performed ornithological research for the Royal Society of London, as well as the Bird Department of the British Museum. Frith has also researched and professionally photographed birds in Australia, ...
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Title:Charles Darwin's Life With Birds: His Complete OrnithologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190240237

ISBN - 13:9780190240233

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"This is an original work that has never been attempted before, and is unique in coupling Darwin with birds. I am familiar with his Birds of Paradise book, so I know the author is capable of presenting fascinating information to the public. There is a huge and perpetual appetite for thissubject. I would recommend it to others seeking an understanding of the role played by birds in the development of Darwin's thinking." --Peter Grant, Emeritus Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University