Oct 312014
 
Ornithologists Map Family Tree of Mysterious Cotinga Birds

Yale University ornithologists Prof Richard Prum and Jacob Berv have mapped out the first large-scale evolutionary family tree for the Neotropical cotingas – some of the brightest, loudest, oddest-looking birds in the world. There are more than 60 species of the cotingas, a highly diverse group of birds that make up the family Cotingidae. They […]

Apr 062014
 
Scientists discover single gene that enables multiple morphs in a butterfly

Scientists have discovered the gene enabling multiple female morphs that give the Common Mormon butterfly its very tongue-in-cheek name. doublesex, the gene that controls gender in insects, is also a mimicry supergene that determines diverse wing patterns in this butterfly, according to a recent study published in Nature. The study also shows that the supergene […]

Nov 172012
 
Coming up from underneath: The Juvenile Double-crested Cormorant

The Double-crested Cormorant is a year-round resident in Florida. At this time of the year, however, it flies a bit further down south from central Florida. The Latin word auritus, means ‘eared’, refers to the nuptial crests feathers the adults display when breeding. The plumage of juvenile Double-crested Cormorants is more dark grey or brownish. […]