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#115602 - 11/10/03 03:49 PM bird vision
wwh Offline
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Dear WW and Faldage: Here is a sensational URL about bird vision. I confess I haven't read it all yet.
http://www.biology.eku.edu/RITCHISO/birdbrain2.html


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#115603 - 11/10/03 04:00 PM Re: bird vision
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Just a brief glance looks fascinating. Thanks, Dr Bill.


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#115604 - 11/10/03 06:48 PM Re: bird vision
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I'd just like to understand how those fast fliers navigate through the woods so quickly without apparently hitting themselves in the head with so many branches. I sure as heck have problems sometimes woods navigating at a lethargic pace.


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#115605 - 11/10/03 07:18 PM Re: bird vision
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another great site, Bill! thanks!

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#115606 - 11/10/03 08:59 PM Re: bird vision
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Dear WW:One of the birds' secrets is the fact that their nerve pathways are relatively short. It takes an appreciable fraction of a second for nerve impulse to travel from brain to an extremity, so small animals can react much sooner than humans can.
I think the big dynasaurs must have had to wait a week for message from brain to reach their hind legs.
Remember the old parlor trick of telling a kid he can have a dollar hung vertically between his thumb and index finger, if he can close them before dollar drops through them? Kids look very much amazed.


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#115607 - 11/11/03 05:40 PM Re: bird vision
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Oh, many thanks, wwh, for that explanation. I have often wondered how in the world birds navigated so quickly through dense woods. The short nerve pathway does make some sense as a theory, so thanks for giving me that fodder to ponder!


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