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History of Ornithology

  1. T R Birkhead1,
  2. I Charmantier2

Published Online: 15 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003096



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Birkhead, T. R. and Charmantier, I. 2009. History of Ornithology. eLS. .

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  1. 1

    University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

  2. 2

    Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2009


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Further Reading

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