Douglas Futuyma’s new book on the rise of birds isn’t easy going, but it shows why they were vital to evolutionary theory – and birders will love it
7 December 2022
THE delight is in the detail of a new evolutionary history of birds, as is some of the devilry – for this isn’t a light read. Douglas Futuyma is out to tell a double tale: he explains how the study of these animals advanced our understanding of evolution and he shows how advances in evolutionary science solve some long-standing ornithological mysteries, even as they expose others.
Futuyma has written How Birds Evolve: What science reveals about their origin, lives, …