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“I remember the entire team assembled for the first time, huddled around a computer and looking in amazement at the first scans. The high resolution scans revealed many structures that we as experienced ornithologists had never seen or even imagined, and we were immediately struck by the beauty of the ornately structured anterior conchae and the neatly scrolled middle conchae,” said Danner.
“This study highlights the remarkable complexity of the rostral conchae in songbirds,” according to Jason Bourke, a researcher from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences who was not involved in the research. “Thanks to the use of innovative techniques like diceCT, we are now able to really appreciate just how complicated bird noses can be.”
Raymond M. Danner, Eric R. Gulson-Castillo, Helen F. James, Sarah A. Dzielski, David C. Frank III, Eric T. Sibbald, and David W. Winkler (2016) Habitat-specific divergence of air conditioning structures in bird bills. The Auk, 134 (1): 65-75.
Raymond Danner, email@example.com, (910)-962-7895