[Tweeters] How House Sparrows Became Our Closest Avian Companion

Devorah the Ornithologist birdologist at gmail.com
Tue Aug 21 05:18:44 PDT 2018


Hello everyone,

I am sure most of you are aware that house sparrows occur almost everywhere
that people live, and are almost never found where people are absent. Which
raises the question: did these wild birds evolve special adaptations that
help them live in such close association with humans for so long? Actually,
yes, yes they did, as I share in this piece about a recent Royal Society
paper by an international team of researchers based at the University of
Oslo:

How House Sparrows Became Our Closest Avian Companion
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2018/08/21/how-house-sparrows-became-our-closest-avian-companion/
tinyURL: https://tinyurl.com/yag9zlo9

Equally interesting, the sparrows' genetic changes tell us a bit about
human evolution, too.

I hope you find this piece interesting and illuminating, and that you share
it widely amongst your real life and online communities.

as always, thank you for reading.

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