Michaël Nicolaï

PhD, UGent
  • UGent
  • Belgium


Biogeography Evolutionary ecology Molecular ecology Molecular evolution Phylogenetics Speciation

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Exposure to UV radiance predicts repeated evolution of concealed black skin in birds

In contrast to bird plumage, little is known about the evolution of bird skin color. However, we found that black skin has evolved over 100 times in birds and is associated with baldness and/or white feathers as well as with high irradiation habitats, suggesting a role in UV protection


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