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Cornell Chronicle

Alumnus uncovers how cuckoo's feathers shimmer

Cornell Chronicle

The findings are relevant for bird behavioral studies to better understand avian signaling and courtship. Future work may lead to tools that field ornithologists would use to predict where a female might need to be to receive a signal from a flashy ...

 

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Before Todd Harvey, Ph.D. '12, was a graduate student at Cornell studying how light shimmers off feathers of the African emerald cuckoo and other birds, he spent 10 years as a computer animator and digital cinematographer implementing algorithms that made Gollum's skin look real in "The Lord of the Rings" movies and gave King Kong's fur its lifelike luster in the 2005 production.

 

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