Darwin’s Birds Get New Look

“Scientists are following Darwin’s example by using the birds to find clues to the way evolution works in general.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/science/pigeons-a-darwin-favorite-carry-new-clues-to-evolution.html?hp

Researchers have found that mutations in pigeon DNA can control a variety of traits, including the directions of their feathers grow, like in this Jacobin pigeon. Charles Darwin raised pigeons and was interested in their breeding as an extreme example of domestic selection. (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/science/pigeons-a-darwin-favorite-carry-new-clues-to-evolution.html?hp)