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Fascinating Life Sciences
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The Evolution of Feathers

From Their Origin to the Present

Editors: Foth, Christian, Rauhut, Oliver W. M. (Eds.)

  • Provides an overview of outstanding fossil discoveries from the past two decades that are essential to understanding feather evolution
  • Offers unique insights into the topic of feather evolution from a palaeontological perspective
  • Enriches readers’ understanding of the Dinosaur-Bird transition
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About this book

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. 

About the authors

Christian Foth: Dipl. Biol., Dr. rer. nat. is a palaeobiologist, who studied biology at the University of Rostock and gained his doctoral degree in palaeontology from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich for studying the skull shape evolution of archosaurian reptiles. His research focusses on the evolution of archosaurs and the origin of birds. He currently works as a senior assistant at the Department of Geosciences of the University of Fribourg. 

Oliver W. M. Rauhut: Dipl. Geol., PhD, Dr. habil, apl. Prof. is a vertebrate palaeontologist who studied geology and palaeontology at the Free University of Berlin, and gained his PhD from the University of Bristol on the phylogenetic relationships of theropod dinosaurs. He is an expert in the evolution of dinosaurs and other extinct reptiles and works currently as Curator for Lower Vertebrates at the Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology and adjunct Professor for Palaeontology at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.

Buy this book

eBook 74,89 €
price for India (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: May 10, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27223-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover 89,99 €
price for India (gross)
  • Due: May 10, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27222-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Evolution of Feathers
Book Subtitle
From Their Origin to the Present
Editors
  • Christian Foth
  • Oliver W. M. Rauhut
Series Title
Fascinating Life Sciences
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27223-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27223-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27222-7
Series ISSN
2509-6745
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 243
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 71 illustrations in colour
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