Birds that are related, such as Darwin’s finches, but that vary in beak size and behavior specially evolved to their habitat are examples of a process called speciation. It has long been thought that dramatic changes in a landscape like the formation of the Andes Mountain range or the Amazon River is the main… Read More
The legend of Ted Parker hangs heavy around the LSU Museum of Natural Science. Before dying in a 1983 plane crash in Ecuador, he accomplished so much in the field of ornithology — conserving South American lands, collecting audio of thousands of bird sounds and setting a world record.
The Neotropics, a region rich in rainforests that stretches from Mexico to the southernmost tip of South America, is rich in bird biodiversity. Now, scientists have challenged a commonly held view that explains how so many species of birds came to inhabit this area, revealing a bit more about the movements of birds.
In a study that sheds light on the origin of bird species in the biologically rich rainforests of South America, LSU Museum of Natural Science Director and Roy Paul Daniels Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Robb Brumfield, and an international team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation, or NSF, published a… Read More
Research relying heavily on the genetic tissue collection housed at LSU’s Museum of Natural Science (one of the world’s largest collections of vertebrate tissues) has provided a newly constructed family tree of hummingbirds, with the research demonstrating that hummingbird diversity appears to be increasing rather than reaching a plateau. The work, started more than 12… Read More
A new study, led by Oxford University with major contributions from LSU’s Museum of Natural Science, has determined that species living together in close proximity are not forced to evolve differently to avoid competing with each other, challenging a theory that has held since Darwin’s “Origin of Species.” The researchers focused on ovenbirds, one… Read More
By Ryne Artigue The American Ornithologist’s Union, or AOU, honored Van Remsen, John S. McIlhenny Professor of Biological Sciences and curator of birds for the LSU Museum of Natural Science, as the 2013 recipient of the William Brewster Memorial Reward, one of the highest honors awarded annually by the AOU. “The experience was very rewarding…. Read More
The Amazon rainforest, a well-known epicenter of biodiversity, has offered up another trove of riches. The treasure takes the form of 15 newly described bird species. Some are tiny. One has a long, curved bill. Another is super fluffy. All live in the southern Amazon, most of them in an area known as the “arc… Read More
Cements status as one of the world’s leading ornithological institutions An international team of researchers coordinated by ornithologist Bret Whitney of the LSU Museum of Natural Science, or LSUMNS, recently published 15 species of birds previously unknown to science. The formal description of these birds has been printed in a special volume of the “Handbook… Read More