Posted by: atowhee | December 14, 2014

HEAR, HEAR

New research indicates that the invisible bird’s ear has an exterior organ…after all.  It’s the entire bird’s head which acts as a sound collection device. Wonderul, no?

FURTHER BIRD-RELATED STUFF:

Bird feeding as therapy, click here.

New studies are altering the official bird taxonomy.

Here’s a version of the results from NPR.

Here are some groups of birds that are closely related in the new evolutionary tree of birds:

HUMMERS, SWIFTS AND NIGHTJARS

FLAMINGOES AND GREBES

HERONS, PELICANS, CORMORANTS AND IBISES

Here’s one from “Time” which refers to a Big Bang in bird evolution.  This apparently began after a meteor strike near the Yucatan wiped out the last of the dinosaurs making plenty of room for birds and mammals…just about 65 million years ago.

A SUBJECT TRULY DEEP: ANGLERFISH

In his native habitat the anglerfish has never seen a bird.  Now the brilliant folks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have brought up an anglerfish and are keeping it alive.  Well-funded and now under the thumb of federal politics, MBARI has pioneered deep ocean research in the Monterey Canyon off the California Coast.  They were the first to keep many benthic animals alive on the surface.  Many soft-bodied benthic beings died at the surface…it was not the change in pressure, nor exposure to light.  Turns out many are highly sensitive to exposure to too MUCH OXYGEN.

MBARI can pursue whatever looks interesting and they don’t have to prove some economic value of the new knowledge they gain.  They don’t work for big pharma or the military or oil companies or banks, they just do science.  Wow!  Pure research, whatta concept.  (Yes, David Packard’s daughter is founder and that’s one reason MBARI has money.)

Here’s their story about the anglerfish.

Here’s National Geographic’s version.


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