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Climate-related spatial and temporal variation in bill morphology over the past century in Australian parrots

Campbell-Tennant, Daniel J.E.; Gardner, Janet; Kearney, Michael R; Symonds, Matthew

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Aim: Allen's rule posits that the appendages of endothermic organisms will be larger in warmer climates to allow for dumping of heat loads. Given a link between appendage size and climate, we tested the prediction that climate change has driven the evolution of larger bills in birds, resulting in measurable changes over the recent past. Location: Australia. Methods: We explored geographical and temporal variation in bill surface area of five Australian parrot species to determine whether...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/67427
Source: Journal of Biogeography
DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12499

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