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June 9, 2014
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Earliest birds lacked wide diversity of modern descendants, study finds

Birds come in astounding variety—from hummingbirds to emus—and behave in myriad ways: they soar the skies, swim the waters and forage the forests. But this wasn’t always the case, according to research by scientists at the University of Chicago and … Continue reading

June 12, 2013
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An efficient nectar mop: Bats use blood to reshape tongue for feeding

Brown University scientists have found that a species of bat uses blood flow to reshape its tongue while feeding. The quick dynamic action makes the tongue an effective “mop” for nectar and could even inspire new industrial designs. Findings are … Continue reading

June 8, 2012
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Where Have All the Hummingbirds Gone?

Glacier lilies and broad-tailed hummingbirds out of sync The glacier lily as it’s called, is a tall, willowy plant that graces mountain meadows throughout western North America. It flowers early in spring, when the first bumblebees and hummingbirds appear. Or … Continue reading

June 18, 2011
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Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

*High-mountain wildflower season reduced, affecting pollinators like bees, hummingbirds* It’s summer wildflower season in the Rocky Mountains, a time when high-peaks meadows are dotted with riotous color. But for how long? Once, wildflower season in montane meadow ecosystems extended throughout … Continue reading

June 5, 2011
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Again, but Faster! The Spectacular Courtship Dance of a Tiny Bird

A small male bird called a golden-collared manakin performs a difficult, elaborate, physically demanding courtship dance. In new research, life scientists report that female golden-collared manakins select mates based on subtle differences in motor performance during these dances. “The male … Continue reading