Science: Thor Hanson: The Fascinating Feather
Dating back more than 100 million years, feathers are an aerodynamic, insulating, beguiling evolutionary marvel: They silence the flight of owls and keep penguins dry; have decorated queens, jesters, and priests; have inked documents from the Constitution to the novels of Jane Austen and are at the root of biology's most enduring debate. Biologist Thor Hanson, author of Feathers, details their sweeping natural history, applying the research of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers, and even art historians. Presented as part of Seattle Science Lectures, with Pacific Science Center and University Book Store. Series sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
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