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The Indian Peafowl's tail is a particularly dramatic 'sexual ornament' © Dinesh Kannambadi

Sexual selection: when evolution gets intimate

Fri, 12/02/2021
How could outrageously impractical plumage like the peacock’s tail possibly have evolved through natural selection? We delve into the secrets of sexual selection, a kind of evolution that initially left Charles Darwin baffled…

Feathers

Mon, 10/01/2011
336 pages, £18.99, Available to buy. In "Feathers", biologist Thor Hanson tells a sweeping natural history of feathers, as they've been used to fly, protect, attract, and adorn through time and place.