Egyptian Origami Bird

The Egyptian Origami Bird (Avis papyrus) lives in arid regions … In this lab you will breed several generations of Origami Birds and observe …

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Egyptian Origami Bird
INTRODUCTION: The Egyptian Origami Bird (Avis papyrus) lives in arid regions of North Africa. It feeds on prom dates (Palmus juniorseniorus) and drinks from Palm Springs. Only those birds which. can successfully fly the long distances between the sparsely spaced oases will be able to live long enough to breed successfully. In this lab you will breed several generations of Origami Birds and observe the effect of various genotypes on the evolutionary success of these animals.

  1. Prepare ancestral bird: Cut two strips of paper, each 3 cm x 3 cm. Loop one strip of paper with a 1 cm overlap and tape. Repeat for the other strip. Tape each loop 3 cm from the edge of the straw. . .
  2. Breed offspring. Each Origami Bird lays a clutch of three eggs. Record the dimensions of each chick and hatch the birds using these instructions:
    a. The first egg has no mutations. It is a clone of the parent. In the interest of time you may substitute the parent when testing this chick.
    b. The other two chicks have mutations. For each chick, flip your coin and throw your die then record the results on the table.
    i. The coin flip determines where the mutation occurs: the head end or tail end of the animal:
  3. Test the birds. Release the birds with a gentle, overhand pitch. It is important to release the birds as uniformly as possible. Test each bird twice.
  4. The most successful bird is the one which can fly the farthest. Mark which chick was the most successful on the table.
  5. The most successful bird is the sole parent of the next generation. Continue to breed, test, and record data for as many generations as you can in the time allotted.
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