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'Firehawk raptors' are intentionally spreading fires in Australia

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 11, 2018 01:03 AM
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by (Lacy Cooke) last modified Jan 10, 2018

When you think of causes of fire in Australia, you might think of lightning or arsonists - but you probably don't think of birds. But at least three species of birds spread fires in Australia, according to a new paper incorporating indigenous knowledge. Penn State University geographer and lead author Mark Bonta told National Geographic, "We're not discovering anything. Most of the data that we've worked with is collaborative with Aboriginal peoples...They've known this for probably 40,000 years...





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