Variation under domestication: pigeons

by Greg Mayer Late summer is state- and county-fair time in much of the United States, and besides all sorts of odd foods (more on that below), these fairs afford a good opportunity to examine the phenomena of variation under domestication. These phenomena were of great interest to Darwin in helping him formulate his theory […]

Darwin’s pigeons

by Greg Mayer In today’s Science Times, Carl Zimmer has a nice article on Darwin’s favorite birds, pigeons. “Whoa”, you say, “Pigeons? Don’t you mean finches?” No, pigeons it is. While we’ve grown accustomed to associating Darwin’s name with the 15 or so finches of the Galapagos Archipelago (plus one species on Cocos Island), the […]


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