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Two species of ravens? Nevermore, quoth the UMBC biologist

Two species of ravens? Nevermore, quoth the UMBC biologist

Evolutionary biologists’ work often consists of trying to map the planet’s family tree. A branch extending through time and space eventually cleaves, splitting to create both chimpanzees and humans, dogs and wolves, whales and hippopotamuses.

But occasionally, according to recently published research, some of those forked branches fuse back together.

University of Maryland, Baltimore County biological sciences professor Kevin Omland is one of the authors behind a study recently published in Nature Communications. It explores the way two lineages of the Corvus corax — the common raven —...

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