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Volume 579 Issue 7799, 19 March 2020

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The cover shows a royal flycatcher, one species in the rich diversity of bird life in Costa Rica. In this week’s issue, Nicholas Hendershot and his colleagues discuss the long-term changes in avian biodiversity brought about by agricultural practices and climate change. Over the course of 18 years, the researchers repeatedly surveyed 48 sites in Costa Rica that represented a range of land use from natural forest to diversified and intensive agriculture. They found that long-term biodiversity changes were greatest in the most intensively managed landscapes, effects that were magnified under drought conditions. The species diversity within diversified agriculture remained high over the long term, indicating that this form of land management could play a powerful role in biodiversity conservation. Diversity in intensive agriculture, however, declined progressively.

Cover image: J. Nicholas Hendershot

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    • A newly discovered 66.7-million-year-old fossil bird excavated in Belgium provides us with the best evidence so far for understanding when the living groups of birds first evolved and began to diverge.

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      • Yanhao Tang
      • Lizhong Li
      • Kin Fai Mak
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      • Kiyoshi Kanazawa
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    • Atomic-resolution observations combined with simulations show that grain boundaries within elemental copper undergo temperature-induced solid-state phase transformation to different structures; grain boundary phases can also coexist and are kinetically trapped structures.

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      • Timofey Frolov
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      • Nerilie J. Abram
      • Nicky M. Wright
      • David Heslop
    • Variation in vegetation and climate affects the long-term changes in bird communities in intensive-agriculture habitats, but not in diversified-agriculture or natural-forest habitats, by changing the local colonization and extinction rates.

      • J. Nicholas Hendershot
      • Jeffrey R. Smith
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    • A neurogenetic model, Drosophila sechellia—a relative of Drosophila melanogaster that has developed an extreme specialization for a single host plant—sheds light on the evolution of interspecific differences in behaviour.

      • Thomas O. Auer
      • Mohammed A. Khallaf
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      • Julia Mergner
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      • Evelyn Fessler
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      • Eugene Kim
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      • Yan Han
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