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The Beauty Of Feathers

Steve Scher
06/15/2011 at 9:00 a.m.

Set out a birdbath in your front yard and you can look at one of evolution's most beguiling phenomena every morning: feathers. They've evolved over the course of 100 million years to keep bodies warm, to fly, to muffle the sound of flight, and they've been used by humans as decorations and as tools to write great literature. Steve Scher talks with Hanson about how the evolution of a captivating object.


Thor Hanson grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He has studied Central American trees and songbirds, nest predation in Tanzania and the feeding habits African vultures. He is author of "The Impenetrable Forest: My Gorilla Years in Uganda" and, most recently, "Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle."

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