Navigation Links
World ranking tracks evoluntionary distinctness of birds
Date:4/10/2014

A team of international scientists, including a trio from Simon Fraser University, has published the world's first ranking of evolutionary distinct birds under threat of extinction. These include a cave-dwelling bird that is so oily it can be used as a lamp and a bird that has claws on its wings and a stomach like a cow.

The research, published today in Current Biology, the shows that Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand all score high on responsibility for preserving irreplaceable species. The researchers examined nearly 10,000 bird species and identified more than 100 areas where additional protection efforts would help safeguard avian biodiversity.

"We used genetic data to identify the bird species that have the fewest relatives on the 'Tree of Life', that is, which species score highest on the 'evolutionary distinctness' index," explains SFU biologist, one of the six authors of a study that was seven years in the making.

The index was created by former SFU PhD student Dave Redding, another of the trio, and was applied to an updated version of the first global tree of birds, published in 2012 by the group in Nature.

The researchers, led by Mooers and Walter Jetz at Yale University, combined the index with data on extinction risk and maps of where every bird in the world lives. The result is a snapshot of how the entire Tree of Life of birds is distributed on the planet, and where on earth the tree is most at risk of being lost.

"Given that we cannot save all species from extinction, these distinct species are of special conservation concern, since they are truly irreplaceable - they have no close relatives that share their DNA," Mooers says.

Jeff Joy, another SFU team member, adds: "Many of these distinct species are also incredibly cool. The number-one bird is an oily cave-dweller and the number-three bird has claws on its wings and a stomach like a cow, while still another, the Abbott's
'/>"/>

Contact: Arne Mooers
amooers@sfu.ca
604-818-1627
Simon Fraser University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. 7th World Congress for Rett Syndrome to convene in New Orleans, La., June 22-26
2. Worlds leading coral experts to gather in Australia
3. Ottawa researchers to lead world-first clinical trial of stem cell therapy for septic shock
4. New paper examines poison resistance in snakes around the world
5. Global Information Inc. Announces Discounted Conference Registration For Bio-IT World Asia and Biodetection Technologies 2012
6. MedNet Solutions to Demonstrate Its Innovative Suite of eClinical Solutions at the 2012 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo
7. Lizard moms may prepare their babies for a stressful world
8. Botanical institutions announce plans to create first online World Flora
9. Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change envisions the good life in a harsher world
10. Different recipes for success in the world of plants
11. Camera trap video offers rare glimpse of worlds rarest gorilla
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/30/2014)... potential effects of climate change on the world,s ... wrong factors, according to a new paper by ... University of Queensland, and other organizations. The authors ... missing the point when it comes to climate ... change scientists focus on the "direct" threats of ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... Life Sciences Institute (SALSI), a joint venture between The ... University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, ... Program. The winners, Emily Boice from UTSA and Lei ... for their project titled, "Novel engineered ferritins for tracking ... Boice and Huang,s research is focused on finding a ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... biologists, led by Clemson University associate professor Andrew S. ... will pave the way for novel anti-fouling paint for ... and industrial applications. , The team,s findings, published in ... larval stage of barnacles that attaches to a wide ... material that acts as an underwater heavy-duty adhesive. , ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Conservation scientists asking wrong questions on climate change impacts on wildlife 2Study: Marine pest provides advances in maritime anti-fouling and biomedicine 2
... San Diego State University researchers will lead a study ... The Guizhou snub-nosed monkey, often called the golden monkey. ... the National Science Foundation, student researchers from SDSU,s departments ... month to the Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve, home to ...
... efficient cars, buildings and domestic appliances to address climate change ... Research at the University of East Anglia. A report ... as much effort is being spent on developing energy supply technologies ... improving the efficiency with which energy is used. The ...
... Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- New research shows that ... Maine have demonstrated improvements in health behaviors that persisted ... and rising health care costs continue to challenge employers, ... to reduce health risks and improve health behaviors. ...
Cached Biology News:SDSU researchers to study China's national treasure 2Efforts to mitigate climate change must target energy efficiency 2Efforts to mitigate climate change must target energy efficiency 3New Study Shows That Improvements in Employee Health Behaviors Persist Over Two Years 2
(Date:7/29/2014)... 2014 SoundConnect , an ... is proud to announce the strategic additions of ... their Boston, Charleston and Atlanta offices. SoundConnect’s ... demand for hosted solutions, collaboration and mobility that ... cost. , SoundConnect was founded in 2004, with ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant ... already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the ... by Principal Investigator Harvey Moseley, a scientist at ... has demonstrated that electrostatically actuated microshutter arrays ... voltage are as functional as the current ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... 2014   Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... genetic analysis solutions, and Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML), ... the United States , have announced ... applications. "We have great appreciation for Mayo ... we welcome the opportunity to partner with the organization,s ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... Quantum Cheshire Cat: Can a particle be separated from ... Nature Communications , published the results of the first ... field, conducted by Chapman University in Orange, CA, and ... seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice in ... most curious thing I ever saw in my life!" ...
Breaking Biology Technology:SoundConnect Organization and Culture is Evolving 2Revolutionary microshutter technology hurdles significant challenges 2Revolutionary microshutter technology hurdles significant challenges 3Revolutionary microshutter technology hurdles significant challenges 4Sequenom Enters Into License Agreement With Mayo Medical Laboratories 2Sequenom Enters Into License Agreement With Mayo Medical Laboratories 3Sequenom Enters Into License Agreement With Mayo Medical Laboratories 4The quantum Cheshire cat: Scientists separate a particle from its properties 2The quantum Cheshire cat: Scientists separate a particle from its properties 3The quantum Cheshire cat: Scientists separate a particle from its properties 4
... SEATTLE, May 14 Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (CTI) (Nasdaq and MTA: CTIC) management will present at the 2009 ... AM in Room 311 of Building A, Level 3. , ... BIO International Convention, ... 10:40 AM Eastern/4:40 PM Central European/7:40 AM Pacific, ...
... child,s gender with less ethically charged method at Reproductive ... RAMON, Calif., May 13 In response to growing ... of their next child, the Reproductive Science Center of ... it now is offering an alternative gender-selection technique with ...
... Dendreon Corporation (Nasdaq: DNDN ) announced today the ... shares of its common stock, which shares were offered for ... May 8, 2009, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., acting as sole ... to purchase an additional 1,279,166 shares of common stock at ...
Cached Biology Technology:Gender-Selection Technique Embraced for Hopeful Parents 2Dendreon Announces Closing of Common Stock Offering 2Dendreon Announces Closing of Common Stock Offering 3
... Zero Blunt TOPO PCR ... fastest and easiest method ... or equal to95%) cloning ... amplified with proofreading thermostable ...
Quartz-Halogen, 100 W, High Intensity...
... The Baculovirus Expression System with ... recombinant pFastBac™ plasmids containing the polyhedrin ... to the baculovirus genome (bacmid DNA) ... E. coli cells. The recombinant bacmid ...
...
Biology Products: