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Futureproof Extra: The Eight-Sided Robin's Egg

In the natural world, mimicry can be a very useful trait - one that might serve any number of pur...

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07.30 23 Mar 2021


Futureproof Extra: The Eight-Sided Robin's Egg



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07.30 23 Mar 2021


In the natural world, mimicry can be a very useful trait - one that might serve any number of purposes.

It is so ubiquitous, and seen in so many species, that animals have to be quite discerning when trying to weed out a pretender.

But it can be pretty hard even for animals who are constantly targeted - like Robins, and their beautiful blue eggs.

But how sensitive are they to foreign invaders? 

Dr Mark Hauber, Professor of Host-Parasite Interactions in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign joins to discuss.

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