Darwin Proved Wrong!

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No, this toucan is not happy to see you. He's just controlling his temperature.
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Ha! No, not about evolution, sorry, Acts & Facts readers. About the toucan. From Bloomberg, since the financial media are the only ones keeping abreast of animal news these days:

"The enlarged orange beak of the toucan, which Charles Darwin speculated was “sexual ornamentation,” instead serves to regulate the tropical bird’s body temperature, scientists in the U.S. and Brazil found."


Yeah. So Darwin was a perv, basically. We guess we should have known. For instance, how you could look at the picture at right and think anything remotely dirty is beyond us.

Toucan’s ‘Sexual Ornamentation’ Beak Regulates Body Temperature [Bloomberg]