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Birds Learning to Sing Lose Their Natural Tunes When Impostor Dads Raise Them
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Is your intelligence or sense of humor genetic or learned? A new study on bird songs might help us understand the complexities of the debate over nature versus nurture. Researchers at UC San Francisco did experiments with Bengalese finches to determine how they knew what kind of song to sing—whether the tempo of their call was learned, genetic or some combination of both. read more


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