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Auk Editor Pick: Long Incubation Times May Defend Birds Against Parasites

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Some tropical birds have longer egg incubation times than their temperate cousins, even though their habitat is teeming with egg-eating predators. The reason why has long been a mystery, but a new study from The Auk: Ornithological Advances applies new methods to confirm the evidence for an old hypothesis—that a longer development period leads to a stronger, more efficient immune system. Read the press release at https://americanornithologypubsblog.org/2018/02/21/long-incubation-times-may-defend-birds-against-parasites/.

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