Smithsonian lab IDs species involved in bird-plane collisions

01/26/2009 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Researchers in the Feather Identification Lab of the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History are charged with identifying the bird species that damaged the engines of US Airways Flight 1549. The lab, which analyzed samples from 4,600 bird strikes in 2008, compares the feathers and other parts against 620,000 bird specimens, including those gathered by Teddy Roosevelt, John J. Audubon and Charles Darwin.

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