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Research supports recognizing new scrub jay species in Texas and Mexico

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A comprehensive new genetic and statistical study from researchers at the University of Kansas reveals that two groups of scrub jays—one in Mexico and one in Texas—deserve status as independent species. The paper, appearing in Systematic Biology, also uses genomic data to sketch a natural history of scrub jays, showing how geographic changes over millennia split up and reconnected groups of the birds, swaying the flow of genes between them.

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