Climate change drives (micro)evolution in Finland

Scientific American: For want of snow, the tawny owl of Finland has become more brown in the past half-century, according to new research published February 22 in Nature Communications. Finnish researchers scored tawny owls (Strix aluco)—a raptor common to all of Europe—on the color of their plumage, specifically how brown (dark) or gray (pale) their feathers were. (Scientific American is part of the Nature Publishing Group.) Since the owls do not seem to show a sexual preference for either darker or lighter feathers,......

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