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The science of flamingos

The science of flamingos

According to a report on the BBC website, a team of scientists believe they now know why flamingos stand on one leg. Here’s how the BBC quoted one of the scientists:

The results provide definitive evidence that thermoregulation is a principle function of unipedal resting in flamingos.

I know Matthew Anderson is a scientist, but outside of an actual research paper, does he really have to talk like Spock? Translated into the kind of English we lesser mortals can get our heads around, he’s saying that flamingos stand on one leg to help regulate their body temperature.