An exploration of the history of ornithology from the earliest times to the present day. The fascinating works and lives of ornithology's pioneering scientists, including such people as Linnaeus, Darwin and Wallace, are considered chronologically, concluding with two chapters on the great advances made in the twentieth century. The issues raised through the pursuit of ornithological knowledge range from evolution to conservation, and taxonomy to genetics. The book is an educational read as well as an entertaining one, and will be of great interest to all birders and naturalists. It will set the agenda for the study of the history of ornithology for the next generation.
Richard Meinertzhagen , a pillar of the British ornithological establishment , had been given incorrect locality ... At the beginning of the 20th century hoaxing was rife in natural history and its extent is still coming to light .
Author: Michael Walters