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Researchers Discover Biological Mechanism for Growing Massive Animal Weapons, Ornaments
July 26, 2012
In the animal kingdom, huge weapons such as elk antlers or ornaments like peacock feathers are sexy. Their extreme size attracts potential mates and warns away lesser rivals. Now, researchers led by scientists at the University of Montana and Washington State University have discovered a developmental mechanism they think may be responsible for the excessive growth of threatening horns or come-hither tail feathers.
Washington State University
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