A Red Bird in a Brown Bag: The Function and Evolution of by Geoffrey E. Hill

By Geoffrey E. Hill

this can be an account of experiences of the functionality and evolution of colourful plumage in the home Finch. it's also an interesting examine at the evolution of sexual choice in birds and a full of life portrait of the demanding situations and constraints of experimental layout dealing with any box investigator operating with animal habit. half I units the degree for contemporary reviews of the functionality of plumage shade with a evaluate of the 19th and starting of the 20th centuries. half II makes a speciality of the proximate keep watch over and current functionality of plumage colour. half III takes a extra explicitly evolutionary method of the learn of plumage color utilizing biogeography and phylogeny to check hypotheses for why particular varieties of plumage colour show have developed. It concludes with an account of comparative experiences which have been carried out in the home Finch and different cardueline finches and the perception those reviews have supplied at the evolution of carotenoid-based decorative coloration.

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