June 27, 2008

SINCE THE DANG THINGS WON'T SPECIATE IN NATURE...:

Bird Family Tree Gets Re-Write (AFP, 6/28/08)

A five-year project has revolutionized scientific thought on the evolution of birds and the results are so surprising that now even the textbooks will have to be rewritten, a study said Thursday.

"With this study, we learned two major things," said Sushma Reddy, lead author and a fellow at The Field Museum in Chicago, Ill.

"First, appearances can be deceiving. Birds that look or act similar are not necessarily related. Second, much of bird classification and conventional wisdom on the evolutionary relationships of birds is wrong."

The results of the largest ever study of bird genetics are so widespread that the names of dozens of birds will now have to be changed, says the study to be published in Science magazine.


...make them speciate on paper.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 27, 2008 3:20 PM
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