Posted by: henrymcghie | July 28, 2015

Citizen science project on birds’ beaks

Hello- a team of researchers from the University of Sheffield visited the bird collections at the Manchester Museum (part of the University of Manchester) a few months ago. They are trying to understand how the world’s birds diversified over time, looking at the rate of evolution of different body structures. They took 3d scans of hundreds of our birds skins (we have about 15,000), and have now set up a web site where people (you?) can help them map the shape of bird’s beaks, so they can be analysed. The website can be found here and it’s well worth a look. The Sheffield team have a blog where you can find out about their progress.



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