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Abiogenesis vs microRNA Biogenesis (1)

Retroviruses, such as human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) cause one gene to influence two or more seemingly unrelated morphological and/or behavioral phenotypic traits. The HERVs are…

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Music to our ears and song in birds: a common sense approach

The ability of science writers to misrepresent what is known about cause and effect by biologists and attribute emotion to song in birds, visual input in some species, tactile input in others, and pheromones in insects defies common sense.

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Never too young to learn WHAT?

Is any avian species known to be an outlier given the molecular mechanisms of adaptive evolution

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Avian recognition of human faces

There is no animal model for avian recognition of conspecific facial features, but that doesn’t stop the authors from extending a non-existent model to humans.

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Pheromones in birds, other mammals, and us

Avian/bird pheromones exist

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Pheromones and sexual behavior in birds

Olfactory primacy is central to my model for the development of sexual preferences across species (e.g, including birds).

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