Poking into the genetics of dozens of species of birds and bats has produced the need to come up with some new species names. The Barcode of Life project has found that some birds previously thought to be the same species are actually genetically distinct and that others categorized separately are indeed the same, reports The Times Online. Now, what was once a member of the solitary sandpiper species must be called a cinnamon sandpiper. It'll be a big year for bird-watching book publishers.
By Any Other Name…
Feb 20, 2007