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Singing, Dancing, and Transforming in a Flash

From the title, you might think that this post is about Lady Gaga, Madonna, or Britney Spears, but it’s actually something more phenomenal than all three combined: Birds-of-paradise. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Geographic have released an awe-striking trailer as a preview of some incredible upcoming bird-of-paradise projects: a coffee table book, a major exhibit at the Nat Geo Museum, a documentary on the Nat Geo channel, magazine articles, and Nat Geo live lectures across the country. To understand all of the hype about New Guinea’s fantastic feathered friends that resemble creatures from Pandora in Avatar, check out the video below.

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According to one of the Cornell ornithologists:

The birds-of-paradise represent one of these singular events of evolution that stand out that are extraordinary. They’re something that’s without precedence, something that evolved that’s so unique and so exceptional that you’re driven to say, “Why or how did that happen?”

For more videos of avian awesomeness, visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s youtube channel.

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