Taking Wing

Archaeopteryx and the Evolution of Bird Flight

Author: Pat Shipman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684849658

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 4776

Examines the scientific implications and continuing controversy over Archaeopteryx, a bird-reptile fossil discovered 130 years ago that many scientists believe offers tangible proof of Darwin's theory of evolution

Die Evolution des Fliegens – Ein Fotoshooting

Author: Georg Glaeser,Hannes F. Paulus,Werner Nachtigall

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3662498995

Category: Science

Page: 249

View: 7168

Dieser Band nimmt sie mit auf eine spannende Reise in Bildern und Texten. Spektakuläre, großformatige Fotos auf Doppelseiten mit einem Erklärungstext machen die Leser neugierig auf das, was die Evolution im Bereich des Fliegens hervorgebracht hat: von der pflanzlichen Luftflotte (Pollenkörner, Flugsamen,...) über fliegende Schlangen und Fische, unter Wasser fliegende Pinguine bis zum Menschen, der sich in die Lüfte erhebt. Das Buch kann in beliebiger Reihenfolge, Doppelseite für Doppelseite, gelesen werden. Querverweise sorgen für bequemes Umspringen auf andere Doppelseiten. Die Textpassagen sind zumeist - abgesehen von der fundierten Einleitung - unabhängig von einander und besprechen besondere Highlights im evolutionären Prozess. Ergänzt wird die Doppelseite mit Literaturhinweisen und Verweisen auf instruktive Internet-Seiten.

Vergleichende und funktionelle Anatomie der Wirbeltiere

Author: Milton Hildebrand,George Goslow

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3642189512

Category: Science

Page: 713

View: 7044

Weit springen oder tief tauchen: Welche Vorteile bieten diese Fähigkeiten, und warum sind sie möglich? Auf diese und andere Fragen mehr liefert das Buch Antworten anhand von Beispielen und Erläuterungen der Zusammenhänge. Es ist in drei Teile gegliedert: Übersicht über die großen Wirbeltier-Gruppen; Vergleichende Anatomie der Organsysteme; Physikalische und biomechanische Grundsteine der Funktionsmorphologie. Gute Lesbarkeit, klare Erklärungen und der direkte Bezug zu biologischen Beispielen machen dieses Buch zu einer einzigartigen Wissensquelle.

Archaeopteryx

der Urvogel von Solnhofen

Author: Peter Wellnhofer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783899370768

Category: Archaeopteryx

Page: 256

View: 6537

An Introduction to Flapping Wing Aerodynamics

Author: Wei Shyy,Hikaru Aono,Chang-kwon Kang,Hao Liu

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107067987

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: N.A

View: 9230

This is an ideal book for graduate students and researchers interested in the aerodynamics, structural dynamics and flight dynamics of small birds, bats and insects, as well as of micro air vehicles (MAVs), which present some of the richest problems intersecting science and engineering. The agility and spectacular flight performance of natural flyers, thanks to their flexible, deformable wing structures, as well as to outstanding wing, tail and body coordination, is particularly significant. To design and build MAVs with performance comparable to natural flyers, it is essential that natural flyers' combined flexible structural dynamics and aerodynamics are adequately understood. The primary focus of this book is to address the recent developments in flapping wing aerodynamics. This book extends the work presented in Aerodynamics of Low Reynolds Number Flyers (Shyy et al. 2008).

History of Life

Author: Richard Cowen

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118510933

Category: Science

Page: 312

View: 379

This text is designed for students and anyone else with aninterest in the history of life on our planet. The author describesthe biological evolution of Earth’s organisms, andreconstructs their adaptations to the life they led, and theecology and environment in which they functioned. On the grandscale, Earth is a constantly changing planet, continuallypresenting organisms with challenges. Changing geography, climate,atmosphere, oceanic and land environments set a stage in whichorganisms interact with their environments and one another, withevolutionary change an inevitable result. The organisms themselvesin turn can change global environments: oxygen in our atmosphere isall produced by photosynthesis, for example. The interplay betweena changing Earth and its evolving organisms is the underlying themeof the book. The book has a dedicated website which explores additionalenriching information and discussion, and provides or points to theart for the book and many other images useful for teaching. See: ahref="http://www.wiley.com/go/cowen/historyoflife"www.wiley.com/go/cowen/historyoflife/a.

Evolution Fur Evangelikale

Author: Darrel R. Falk

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3981552903

Category:

Page: 304

View: 9195

Endlich gibt es das bemerkenswerte Buch des Biologieprofessors und evangelikalen Christen Darrel R. Falk auch in Deutsch - ein dringend benotigtes Buch, um die immer wieder aufbrausende Kontroverse zwischen Schopfung und Evolution zu versachlichen. Falk gelingt es, die Erkenntnisse der Naturwissenschaften zur Entwicklung des Lebens auf der Erde unterhaltsam und mit vielen Beispielen aus dem alltaglichen Leben zu erklaren. Aber nicht nur das: Er baut immer wieder auch Brucken zum christlichen Glauben und den Aussagen der Bibel uber den Schopfer und seine Schopfung, die zu einem vertieften Verstandnis des Wesens und der Wege Gottes fuhren. In seiner liebevollen Art versucht er, Christen trotz verschiedener Standpunkte zusammenzubringen, anstatt Trennungen zu provozieren. Falk, der selbst Theistische Evolution vertritt, war einige Jahre Prasident der vom ehemaligen Direktor des Humangenomprojektes, Francis S. Collins, gegrundeten Organisation BioLogos. In seinem Geleitwort zum Buch schreibt Collins: Dieses Buch wird all diejenigen beruhigen, die fur sich schon zu dem Ergebnis gekommen waren, dass der Glaube verlange, die Naturwissenschaft abzulehnen, oder dass die Naturwissenschaft verlange, den Glauben abzulehnen. Es sollte auch von Gemeindeleitern sorgfaltig gelesen werden, die in ihrem aufrichtigen Bemuhen, den Glauben zu verteidigen, Suchende auffordern, die zahlreichen Belege anzuzweifeln, die fur eine evolutionare Erschaffung sprechen.

Flying Dinosaurs

How fearsome reptiles became birds

Author: John Pickrell

Publisher: NewSouth

ISBN: 174224176X

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 6699

Dinosaurs didn’t die out when an asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago. Get ready to unthink what you thought you knew and journey into the deep, dark depths of the Jurassic. The discovery of the first feathered dinosaur in China in 1996 sent shockwaves through the palaeontological world. Were the feathers part of a complex mating ritual, or a stepping stone in the evolution of flight? And just how closely related T. rex to a chicken Award-winning journalist John Pickrell reveals how dinosaurs developed flight and became the birds in our backyards. He delves into the latest discoveries in China, the US, Europe and uncovers a thriving black market in fossils and infighting between dinosaur hunters, plus the controversial plan to use a chicken to bring dinosaurs back from the dead.

Remarkable Creatures

Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species

Author: Sean B. Carroll

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1849168628

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 9697

In 1809, when Darwin was born, much of the world was an unexplored wilderness. Our knowledge of the past was nonexistent, and our picture of our species' history little more than a set of fantastic myths and fairytales. But a new era was dawning. Five decades later, On the Origin of the Species was able to draw on the pioneering work of explorers and naturalists to produce a theory that revolutionized our conception of our world. And the revolution didn't stop with the publication of Darwin's masterwork. 150 years later, his 'dangerous idea' is still headline news, denied by many, capable of enraging and dividing, even as biologists decipher the 3-billion-year history of life as written in our very DNA. This book tells the stories of the most dramatic adventures and important discoveries in two centuries of natural history - from Alexander von Humboldt's epic journeys in South America to the hi-tech genome-reading projects making headlines today - and how they gave birth to and have nourished the evolution revolution.

Die faszinierende Entdeckung der Dinosaurier

Author: Darren Naish

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783806223255

Category:

Page: 192

View: 7304

Entdeckungsgeschichte der Dinosaurier von den ersten Funden in Grossbritannien bis zu den jüngsten Entdeckungen in Asien und der Wandel der Vorstellungen über die Dinosaurier. Stellt den aktuellen Stand der Dinosaurierforschung dar.

Evolution

What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231511426

Category: Science

Page: 408

View: 2704

Over the past twenty years, paleontologists have made tremendous fossil discoveries, including fossils that mark the growth of whales, manatees, and seals from land mammals and the origins of elephants, horses, and rhinos. Today there exists an amazing diversity of fossil humans, suggesting we walked upright long before we acquired large brains, and new evidence from molecules that enable scientists to decipher the tree of life as never before. The fossil record is now one of the strongest lines of evidence for evolution. In this engaging and richly illustrated book, Donald R. Prothero weaves an entertaining though intellectually rigorous history out of the transitional forms and series that dot the fossil record. Beginning with a brief discussion of the nature of science and the "monkey business of creationism," Prothero tackles subjects ranging from flood geology and rock dating to neo-Darwinism and macroevolution. He covers the ingredients of the primordial soup, the effects of communal living, invertebrate transitions, the development of the backbone, the reign of the dinosaurs, the mammalian explosion, and the leap from chimpanzee to human. Prothero pays particular attention to the recent discovery of "missing links" that complete the fossil timeline and details the debate between biologists over the mechanisms driving the evolutionary process. Evolution is an absorbing combination of firsthand observation, scientific discovery, and trenchant analysis. With the teaching of evolution still an issue, there couldn't be a better moment for a book clarifying the nature and value of fossil evidence. Widely recognized as a leading expert in his field, Prothero demonstrates that the transformation of life on this planet is far more awe inspiring than the narrow view of extremists.

Birdology

30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Birds

Author: Monica Russo,Kevin Byron

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 161374952X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 1701

This generously illustrated, full-color book engages young nature enthusiasts in exploring the world of birds. Kids learn that birds can be seen almost anywhere: in city parks and streets, zoos, farms, and backyards. Using "Try This," "Look For," and "Listen For" prompts, Birdology promotes independent observation and analysis, writing and drawing skills, and nature literacy. Kids observe the diversity of shapes, colors, patterns, and behavior of birds; listen for their songs and the clap of wings; make a juice-box feeder; plant flowers that attract hummingbirds; start a birding journal and sketchbook; and much more. Other topics presented in clear, kid-friendly prose include migration, nesting, food, territories, and conservation and preservation. Extensive resources include a glossary, bird orders and scientific names, bird and wildlife organizations, and "Teacher Topics" to initiate classroom discussion and investigation. Monica Russo is the author and illustrator of several children's nature books including Chilly Creatures, Amazing Insects, Watching Nature, and Tree Almanac. She wrote the "Nature Notes" column for southern Maine's Sun Chronicle for many years. She is an experienced birdwatcher and a founding member of the Maine Entomological Society. Kevin Byron is a photographer who specializes in nature, wildlife, and ship images and whose work has appeared in many books, magazines, and newspapers including Watching Nature, BirdScope magazine, the New York Times, and the Kennebunk Post. They both live in Kennebunk, Maine.

Zitteliana

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Historical geology

Page: N.A

View: 5288

Bird Observer

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Bird watching

Page: N.A

View: 9233

On the Wing

Insects, Pterosaurs, Birds, Bats and the Evolution of Animal Flight

Author: David E.. Alexander,Dr. David E. Alexander

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199996776

Category: Animal flight

Page: 224

View: 2689

From airplanes to birds, the phenomenon of flight has always amazed and mystified humans. Therefore, it is unsurprising that scientists have invested a substantial amount of research into unraveling the secrets of flight evolution. Over the course of the past decade, the science of flight evolution has recently experienced a research renaissance, most of the information has been confined to the ivory tower of academia. In On the Wing, David Alexander delves into the evolution of flight in each of the four animal groups that evolved powered flight: insects, pterosaurs, birds, and bats. Alexander presents and compares each group's evolutionary history, including diversification and partial or complete extinction, especially as related to flight. The evolution of flight in animals is fascinating story riddled with scientific controversy and colorful characters, from the incredible Archaeopteryx to the recently-discovered feathered dinosaur Microraptor. Chapter topics include aerodynamics, comparisons and contrasts among the powered flyers, and the ultimate evolution away from flight. Alexander even examines the surprisingly diverse group of gliding animals, including squirrels, snakes, and ants. Through rigorous yet accessible writing, Alexander offers a comprehensive and engaging account of the evolution of flight, from dinosaurs to modern birds. On the Wing will delight and inform everyone from bird lovers to dinosaur enthusiasts, and offers key insights into the perpetual mystery of flight.

Der Malayische Archipel. Die Heimat des Orang-Utan und des Paradiesvogels. Band 1.

Author: Alfred Russel Wallace

Publisher: mach-mir-ein-ebook.de

ISBN: 3944309103

Category: History

Page: 351

View: 2016

Dies ist der erste Band des Reiseberichtes des britischen Naturforschers Alfred Russel Wallace. Er unternahm in den Jahren 1854 bis 1862 im südlichen Malaiischen Archipel eine ausführliche Forschungsreise und legte dabei rund 20.000 Kilometer zurück. Dieses Buch enthält seinen Bericht und seine Forschungsergebnisse dieser Reise in der Übersetzung des deutschen Zoologen Adolf Bernhard Meyer aus dem Jahr 1869. Es wird als eines der wichtigsten und einflussreichsten Bücher über die Inselwelt in Südostasien angesehen und erscheint hier erstmals als E-Book. Wallace liefert neben den naturwissenschaftlichen Beschreibungen der gefundenen Pflanzen und Tiere eine Fülle von Beobachtungen der Einheimischen, ihrer Sprachen, ihrer Art zu leben und ihrer sozialen Organisation. Er berichtet über die Verbreitung der verschiedenen Arten, die er beobachtete, und ihre naturgeschichtliche Bedeutung, begründet auf der biologischen und geologischen Geschichte dieser Region. Er berichtet ebenfalls über einige seiner persönlichen Erlebnisse während dieser Reise, sowie über die Begegnungen mit Personen dieser Zeit. So trifft er Thomas Stamford Raffles, den Gründer der Stadt Singapur, James Brooke, den ersten der Weißen Rajahs von Sarawak und dessen Neffen Charles Johnson Brooke. Die Rechtschreibung dieses Buches wurde vollständig modernisiert. Heute unverständliche und veraltete Worte wurden ersetzt. Der zweite Band dieses Werkes ist ebenfalls als E-Book verfügbar.