Posts tagged: islands

Marine Preserve to Help Penguins in a ‘Predictably Unpredictable’ Place

Boersma, a conservationist and professor of biology at the University of Washington, is applauding new regulations by the government of Ecuador to protect the waters around the Galapagos Islands as a marine preserve. “It is very exciting,” said Boersma, who is a finalist for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize for her decades of penguin research and […]

Tuesday April 26th, 2016 in , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Marine Preserve to Help Penguins in a ‘Predictably Unpredictable’ Place

Tropical Birds Develop ‘Superfast’ Wing Muscles for Mating, Not Flying

Studies in a group of tropical birds have revealed one of the fastest limb muscles on record for any animal with a backbone. The muscle, which can move the wing at more than twice the speeds required for flying, has evolved in association with extravagant courtship displays that involve rapid limb movements, according to a […]

Thursday April 21st, 2016 in , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Tropical Birds Develop ‘Superfast’ Wing Muscles for Mating, Not Flying

Research Reveals Trend in Bird-Shape Evolution on Islands

In groundbreaking new work, Natalie Wright, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Montana, has discovered a predictable trend in the evolution of bird shape. Her research showing that birds on islands have evolved toward flightlessness was published April 11, 2016 inĀ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her partners include Christopher Witt of the […]

Monday April 18th, 2016 in , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Research Reveals Trend in Bird-Shape Evolution on Islands