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Feathered friends: researchers unveil bird 'family tree'

Feathered friends: researchers unveil bird 'family tree' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have unveiled the most comprehensive bird 'family tree' ever devised, using genetic data from 48 species to trace how modern bird lineages arose and flourished after the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs. The work by researchers from 20 countries helps clarify the evolutionary relationships of modern bird groups and reveals the genetic underpinning of traits such as singing, toothlessness, colorful feathers and color vision. ...
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Imagine that hummingbird outside your window, that robin singing, that parrot talking trash: all the wonder of birds. Now thing they all survived and were descended from the dinosaurs. Wow! Will they survive man? Will we cause another mass extinction?

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Liar! Liar! African bird uses elaborate ruse to steal food

Liar! Liar! African bird uses elaborate ruse to steal food | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

If you believe honesty is the best policy, you would have a hard time convincing the forked-tailed drongo. This tricky African bird is the pathological liar of the animal kingdom.

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Reminds me of some politicians and news commentators.

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