Ornithology, Evolution, and Philosophy: The Life and Science by Jürgen Haffer

By Jürgen Haffer

One might imagine a biography of a guy as vital and fascinating as Ernst Mayr may make for riveting interpreting. it could possibly, yet this publication is so badly written it truly is embarrassing. the writer is obviously now not a local speaker of English, so each paragraph comprises at the very least one awkward utilization that appears like a nasty translation from German. a truly pricey and disappointing publication.

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Even though he was inscribed as a medical student in Greifswald, he was first and foremost an ornithologist. ” 32 1 Childhood and Youth – Convergence versus phylogenetic relationship in birds: (1) significance of food, bill, etc. ); – Biology and relationship; nest building, feeding, voice, courtship, sociology, birds and plants, diurnal and nocturnal mode of life, migration instinct, number of broods and eggs, molt, wintering areas, direction of migration, proportion of males and females during migration, care of young, ecology, race formation, variability, differences of males and females in size and coloration; – Influence of age, temperature, weakness, irritants, poison, etc.

21 (23) How differently do different nations represent the vocalizations of the same species of birds? (24) To what extent do females sing? (Hantzsch) Which calls are shared by male and female? (25) If the song of the male serves to attract females (Hoffmann, p. 93), why do birds sing also long after the period of pairing and frequently even in the autumn? (J. Ornithol. 1917, II, F. Braun) (26) Can birds really count up to three? (B. Hoffmann, p. 120). (27) When searching for bird nests, always record how far away from the nest the male was singing.

When I was assigned again a book for review, (probably) Kattinger seized it immediately, before I could take a look at it. He sat next to me during the following session and gave me the book the moment that Stresemann called me up. My heart was beating to my neck but, strictly following his example, I managed to do the review and Stresemann didn’t notice anything. ” The student home in Borsig Street run by the widow of a Protestant minister was rather primitive to say the least. There was no real vacancy when Mayr arrived but he and 6 or 7 others were permitted to sleep in dormitory-style “housing” directly under the slanting roof in the attic.

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