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Many Big-Brained Birds Have Human-Like Lifespans — but Why?

Many Big-Brained Birds Have Human-Like Lifespans — but Why?

Some birds are gifted with shockingly long lives. In captivity, crows can live into their 50s. Certain parrot species can live nearly a century. Curiously, these birds also have proportionately massive brains, which power considerable (and sometimes unnerving) intelligence. According to new research, it turns out that this longevity and…

John James Audubon Was Never Good

John James Audubon Was Never Good

The most famous name in American ornithology is that of a slave owner, grave robber, and fraud who invented birds and falsified scientific results. Birders and ornithologists are grappling with John James Audubon’s legacy today, but problematic behaviour doesn’t stop at a single 19th-century naturalist. Some in the field are…