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Bird Louse Study Shows How Evolution Sometimes Repeats Itself

Published: August 16, 2012.
Released by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Birds of a feather flock together and – according to a new analysis – so do their lice.

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Fresh Look at Burials, Mass Graves, Tells a New Story of Cahokia
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Paper: Strategic Trade-offs in Automobile Design Affect Market-share Value
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