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New research on famous 'supertramp' birds in Southeast Asia offers fresh insights into the evolution of wide-ranging animals


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Beautiful 'supertramp' birds in Southeast Asia are providing unique insights into how evolution is linked to flight ability and competition. New research testing decades-old theories has confirmed that the isolating effects of islands impact the evolution of even the species most accomplished at colonizing them -- and in some surprising ways. Among the eye-opening findings is the discovery that these birds settle down more readily than would be expected -- once they have colonized an island they tend to stay there rather than searching for others.

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