Citizen science: Measure 3D beak scans to help study bird evolution

Data on bird beaks will help explain the evolution of bird species
Data on bird beaks will help explain the evolution of bird species

From your computer you can help Uni of Sheffield, UK, scientists study the evolution of biological diversity in birds. They are looking at beaks, which say a lot about a bird’s ecological niche (think hummingbird, toucan or pelican).

The help they are after is marking ‘landmarks’ on 3D scans of beaks from birds in museum collections. That will allow them to quantify descriptions of the beaks’ shape, and make their comparisons. And your good work will also help other scientists because the data will be made publicly available.

Go to Mark my bird to get involved.

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