Darwin's Other voyage and Bony Knobs on Birds

You know Darwin sailed, famously, on The Beagle. But did you know he also sailed on another boat? Check it out.

More Bird Body Part Blogging: Spurs and blades on the wings of jacanas, lapwings, sheathbills and archaeotrogonids (clubs, spurs, spikes and claws part II)

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