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New Guinea’s Birds of Paradise: Survival of the sexiest

May 2, 2014

Guests: Tim Laman, Edwin Scholes

Bold plumage, bizarre courtship dances, wild mating calls — New Guinea’s birds-of-paradise are truly remarkable creatures who have evolved in mind-boggling ways.  Cornell ornithologist EDWIN SCHOLES and photographer TIM LAMAN made 18 expeditions in 8 years to the remote rainforests in New Guinea, spending countless hours perched in treetops observing the birds’ stunning displays.  This weekend a new exhibit based on their research opens at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia.  It’s called Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution. Today, Marty talks with Scholes and Laman about these amazing birds and their adventures in the rainforests.



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