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Tropical birds develop ’superfast’ wing muscles for mating, not flying [Phys]

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Studies in a group of tropical birds have revealed one of the fastest limb muscles on record for any animal with a backbone. The muscle, which can move the wing at more than twice the speeds required for flying, has evolved in association with extravagant courtship displays that involve rapid limb movements, according to a paper to be published in the journal eLife.

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