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Mutant Gene Gives Pigeons Fancy Hairdos


January 31, 2013

an English trumpeter rock pigeon University of Utah researchers decoded the genetic blueprint of the rock pigeon, unlocking secrets about pigeons' Middle Eastern origins, feral pigeons' kinship with escaped racing birds, and how mutations give pigeons traits like a fancy feather hairdo known as a head crest. Full Story

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