ICYMI: Animals Become 'Dishonest' When They Live In Cities
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- A PhD candidate at Arizona State University has dedicated much of his past few years the researching mating rituals of urban birds. He's found birds that are born and raised in urban environments are "dishonest," insofar as their more opulent mating plumage (like peacocks) masks a lower rate of reproductive success. The birds who live in cities have easy access to discarded people food, and consequently can grow much more opulent plumages without actually having to 'survive' in the wild. And when the urban birds fly to meet their rural peers, they have no trouble finding a mate to reproduce with because of their remarkable plumage. However, the urban birds are ultimately bad parents. Aside from lacking the sort of foraging skills rural birds use daily, urban birds are also often malnourished due to their diet of discarded human carbohydrates.
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- Back in 1982, Matt Groening penned this wonderful little nine-panel comic about all the ways people can die in Los Angeles. You won't regret the twenty seconds you'll spend looking at it.
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