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Friday, October 20, 2017

Great Tits May Be Evolving Bigger Beaks. Here's Why.

Setting up a bird feeder is one of the easiest ways to interact with wildlife. But could this seemingly innocent pastime be changing the very shape of our backyard birds?

It’s still too early to say for sure, says Lewis Spurgin, an evolutionary biologist at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.

But he and his colleagues have discovered some truly fascinating clues that a bird called the great tit may be evolving longer beaks to access bird feeders.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

http://rightcoast.typepad.com/rightcoast/2017/10/great-tits-may-be-evolving-bigger-beaks-heres-why.html

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Comments

Where we live the best sort of bird feeder is a garden pond. Your fish might survive cats and foxes but the herons'll get 'em. Unless you net the pond which rather defeats the point of it.

Posted by: dearieme | Oct 20, 2017 12:13:14 PM

You will be busted by the gender/diversity apparat for publishing that sexist double entendre ...

Posted by: Greg | Oct 22, 2017 12:25:28 PM

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