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In the Air

People young and old have been fascinated by flight for centuries. Leonardo da Vinci drew plans for flying machines, and in 1903 the Wright brothers made the first successful flight in an airplane. But while hu… (See Below for Full Description)
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People young and old have been fascinated by flight for centuries. Leonardo da Vinci drew plans for flying machines, and in 1903 the Wright brothers made the first successful flight in an airplane. But while humans fly only with the help of contraptions such as gliders, balloons, planes, and rockets, other animals have been living in the air for millions of years. Archaeopteryx is the most primitive of bird ancestors known to scientists. Bats, flying squirrels, and extinct pterosaurs are known to have evolved the capability of flight through a process that began by hopping from branch to branch, then parachuting, then gliding, and eventually flying. Through easy-to-understand text accompanied by many illustrations, this volume explains for young students what is known about the flight of animals.

In the Air discusses aerial creatures from insects to birds, how they evolved, and how they adapted to flight. The volume looks at how different creatures fly, what features of their bodies allow them to fly, and what their wings are like. Highly illustrated and written in a straightforward, engaging style, the book is a great introduction to the subject for young readers. It answers the question, how did some animals become capable of flight while others did not?

Coverage includes:
  • Aerial plankton
  • Gliding mammals
  • Insect wings
  • Hidden wings
  • Evolution of pterosaurs
  • Pterodactyls
  • Evolution of birds
  • Feathers
  • The bird wing
  • Patrolling the oceans
  • Hoverers
  • Catching insects
  • Carnivorous bats
  • Flower bats
  • Homing
  • Insect migration
  • Bird migration.

Additional Info

ISBN-13 978-0-8160-5049-9
ISBN-10 081605049X
eBook ISBN 978-1-4381-2238-0
Bundle Options Individual
Language English
Publisher Infobase Learning
From the Series Life On Earth
Author The Diagram Group
Publication Date 1/1/2004
Book's Binding Hardcover
Imprint Facts On File
Specifications 300-350 two-color line illustrations and maps. Index. Glossary. Websites and further reading. Timeline.
Available Formats Print & eBook

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