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Solving 100-year Mystery Of How Birds Sense Light
2014-07-09 03:18:09

Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University Professor Takashi Yoshimura and colleagues of the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (WPI-ITbM) of Nagoya University have finally found the missing piece in how birds sense light by identifying a deep brain photoreceptor in Japanese quails, in which the receptor directly responds to light and controls seasonal breeding activity. Although it has been known for over 100 years that vertebrates apart from mammals...

Roosters Cock-A-Doodle-Doo Because Of Genes Not Light
2013-03-18 16:01:43

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Some of the finest minds in Japan have finally unlocked one of the world´s greatest mysteries. Animal physiology researchers Tsuyoshi Shimmura and Takashi Yoshimura of Nagoya University in Japan have said they now understand what stirs a rooster to crow in the morning, and it´s not the sun. Farmers have relied on roosters as mother nature´s alarm clock for centuries, but it was never fully understood if these...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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