Any well-designed animal can be forced into an evolutionary story if you allow the rules to evolve, too.
A new paper in Current Biology claims to organize the phylogeny of hummingbirds, those “iridescent… jewel-like” stars of Illustra Media’s film Flight: The Genius of Birds, with their unique flying abilities and specialized nectar-trapping tongues. Do the authors succeed? It depends; tweak enough parameters, and anything can happen.
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