Evolution in your backyard

A British enthusiasm for feeding birds may have caused UK great tits to have evolved longer beaks than their European counterparts, according to new research.

The findings, published in Science, identify for the first time the genetic differences between UK and Dutch great tits which researchers were then able to link to longer beaks in UK birds.

Using genetic and historical data, the research team also found that the differences in beak length had occurred within a relatively short time frame. This led them to speculate that there may be a link with the relatively recent practice of putting out food for garden birds.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-10-evolution-gardengreat-tits-beaks-birdfeeders.html#jCp


Wrapping up “A Tale For The Time Being”

Now that we have finished the book, it is time for you to leave your evidence of learning on your blog/portfolio.  You can do that in any way you wish, but here are some traditional essay topics that would work:

Themes: suicide, cultural differences, bullying, time, point-of-views – Ruth, Nao, etc.., structure of writing, relationships

Symbolism: jungle crow, Haruki secret French diary and letters, internet, Buddhist Temple, Tokyo, Island of Desolation in Canada