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  • Team cracks eggs for science

    Portrait of the researchers outside. Daniel Clark is holding a nest and egg.

    Integrative biology undergraduate student Daniel Clark, left; evolution, ecology and behavior professor Philip Anderson and their colleagues assessed the factors that a bird must overcome to pierce a foreign egg and remove it from its nest. The study is relevant to the hosts of avian brood parasites, which lay their eggs in other birds’ nests.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes

    To reach Daniel Clark, email
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    To reach Mark Hauber, email

    The paper “Nest substrate and tool shape significantly affect the mechanics and energy requirements of avian eggshell puncture,” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1242/jeb.238832