Ptilochronology: Feather Time and the Biology of Birds by Thomas C. Grubb Jr.

By Thomas C. Grubb Jr.

this can be the 1st publication to summarize the tools, conceptual matters and result of experiences utilizing the translation of feather progress premiums as an index to dietary situation in birds. the writer has coined the time period ptilochronology (literally. 'the learn of feather time') to explain this method, which depends upon the fats that as a feather grows it produces seen progress bars. either the procedure and its conceptual foundations were utilized world wide to various reviews of avian evolution, ecology, and conservation biology. the writer experiences this paintings, chronicles a number of the criticisms which were amde, and describes how those have prompted the advance of ptilochronology. He is going directly to recommend experimental methodologies and analytical strategies to guard opposed to invalid effects. a last bankruptcy summarises this new technique's contribution to avian biology, and indicates power functions and a destiny study time table. an appendix information particular measurements and describes the method linked to ptilochronology.
Ptilochronology presents a realistic source in addition to a conceptual realizing of ways this method can be utilized to deal with very important questions in avian biology. it will likely be of relevance and use to specialist avian biologists and ornithologists in addition to to graduate scholars of avian behavioural ecology, evolution and conservation.

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