[Book review] The history of ornithology in Virginia

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Virginia is arguably the birthplace of ornithology in North America. Captain John Smith and naturalist Mark Catesby were among the early describers of Virginia's common birds. David Johnston's book, however, begins by taking the reader back to the Tertiary period, some 65 million years ago, with Storrs Olson's description of fossils from tidewater Virginia. John Guilday, studying bone deposits in mountain caves, identified 80 species of birds, including Rock Ptarmigan and Spruce Grouse, from a time when Virginia's climate differed greatly from that of today. Archaeological studies and accounts of aboriginals in the 17th century complete Chapter 1.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title [Book review] The history of ornithology in Virginia
Series title The Auk
DOI 10.1642/0004-8038(2005)122[0375:THOOIV]2.0.CO;2
Volume 122
Issue 1
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher American Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 3 p.
First page 375
Last page 377
Public Comments Review of: The history of ornithology in Virginia. David W. Johnston. 2004. University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville, Virginia. x + 219 pp., 25 text figures, 7 tables. ISBN 0-8139-2242-9. Cloth.
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