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The Chicken: A Natural History is a comprehensive, science-based exploration of the world of the chicken. Far from being "bird brains", these fantastic fowl demonstrate the unique abilities and talents that have made them an integral part of humans' lives for many thousands of years.
Topics include anatomy, developmental biology, ancestry, breeding and origins, and there is a comprehensive look at chicken behaviour. The book's final chapter is devoted to a beautiful visual study of the characteristics of particular breeds, providing quick-reference information on husbandry, particulars and appearance.
Dr Joseph Barber is co-editor, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (JAAWS), adjunct assistant professor, Hunter College of the City University of New York and associate director, University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in scientific presentations accessible to the general public, animal welfare science, and science writing.