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Comparative genomics reveals insights into avian genome evolution and adaptation
Birds are the most species-rich class of tetrapod vertebrates and have wide relevance across many research fields. We explored bird macroevolution using full genomes from 48 avian speciesExpand
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The phylogenetic distribution of ultraviolet sensitivity in birds
BackgroundColour vision in birds can be categorized into two classes, the ultraviolet (UVS) and violet sensitive (VS). Their phylogenetic distributions have traditionally been regarded as highlyExpand
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Evolution of ultraviolet vision in the largest avian radiation - the passerines
BackgroundInterspecific variation in avian colour vision falls into two discrete classes: violet sensitive (VS) and ultraviolet sensitive (UVS). They are characterised by the spectral sensitivity ofExpand
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Behavioural assessment of flicker fusion frequency in chicken Gallus gallus domesticus
To interact with its visual environment, an organism needs to perceive objects in both space and time. High temporal resolution is hence important to the fitness of diurnally active animals, notExpand
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Evolution of ultraviolet vision in shorebirds (Charadriiformes)
Diurnal birds belong to one of two classes of colour vision. These are distinguished by the maximum absorbance wavelengths of the SWS1 visual pigment sensitive to violet (VS) and ultraviolet (UVS).Expand
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Ultraviolet vision and foraging in dip and plunge diving birds
Many fishes are sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) light and display UV markings during courtship. As UV scatters more than longer wavelengths of light, these signals are only effective at shortExpand
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Dynamics in the evolution of sexual traits: losses and gains, radiation and convergence in yellow wagtails (Motacilla flava)
We analyse patterns of genetic diversity and song complexity in the Palaearctic yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava), a highly polytypic species complex. Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA show that theExpand
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Multiple shifts between violet and ultraviolet vision in a family of passerine birds with associated changes in plumage coloration
Colour vision in diurnal birds falls into two discrete classes, signified by the spectral sensitivity of the violet- (VS) or ultraviolet-sensitive (UVS) short wavelength-sensitive type 1 (SWS1)Expand
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Using electroretinograms to assess flicker fusion frequency in domestic hens Gallus gallus domesticus
The assessment of flicker fusion frequency (FFF), the stimulus frequency at which a flickering light stimulus can no longer be resolved and appears continuous, and critical flicker fusion frequencyExpand
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Ultraviolet photopigment sensitivity and ocular media transmittance in gulls, with an evolutionary perspective
Gulls (Laridae excluding Sternidae) appear to be the only shorebirds (Charadriiformes) that have a short wavelength sensitive type 1 (SWS1) cone pigment opsin tuned to ultraviolet (UV) instead ofExpand
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