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Albatross

Albatross

(Science: ornithology) a web-footed bird, of the genus Diomedea, of which there are several species. They are the largest of sea birds, capable of long-continued flight, and are often seen at great distances from the land. They are found chiefly in the southern hemisphere.

Origin: Corrupt. Fr. Pg. Alcatraz cormorant, albatross, or sp. Alcatraz a pelican: cf. Pg. Alcatruz, sp. Arcaduz, a bucket, fr. Ar. Al-qadus the bucket, fr. Gr. Kados, a water vessel. So an arabic term for pelican is water-carrier, as a bird carrying water in its pouch.


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... the issue of genetics and albatrosses. I found a paper by Burg and Croxall (2004) "Global population structure and taxonomy of the Wandering Albatross species complex" Molecular Ecology 13: 2345–2355. This paper examines alleles in the mitochondrial control region. They found that some ...

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Epigenetics and Neoteny

... distance of 0.0000% between them, indicating that they diverged very recently. They are Diomedea epomophora epomophora the “Southern” Royal Albatross and Diomedia epomophora sanfordi the “Northern” Royal Albatross. In their juvenile plumage stage, the two birds are virtually identical, with ...

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