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Partnerships between engineers and biologists have begun to reveal how birds evolved their superb maneuverability.
Patterns that guide the development of feathers and other features can be set by mechanical forces in the embryo, not just by gradients of chemicals.
Crows recently demonstrated an understanding of the concept of zero. It’s only the latest evidence of animals’ talents for numerical abstraction — which may still differ from our own grasp of numbers.
Quanta’s In Theory video series returns with an exploration of a mysterious mathematical pattern found throughout nature.
The neuroscientist Erich Jarvis found that songbirds’ vocal skills and humans’ spoken language are both rooted in neural pathways for controlling learned movements.
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