" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

July 7, 2017

The World's Songbirds Originated in Australia?!

I was listening to two pod-casts a few days back, one called
The distinctive songbirds of Australia
where I learned that -
"Recent research has confirmed that the world's songbirds originated in Australia.
And of all the animals, it seems their sense of beauty is the one that most closely aligns with ours."
And the other was a pod-cast called -
which I wrote a post about recently -
Michael Garfield is the guy who hosts the 'Future Fossils' pod-cast and I used Michael Garfield's album cover at the top of this post, as the shape of the bird on the cover reminded me of the butcher bird that hangs around my windows singing to me and other birds.
Butcher Birds?
The butcher bird that often sits outside my computer room singing (to me?)
Michael is from Austin, Texas, but he was out here in Australia (more or less in my backyard) when he recorded that podcast with Simon.
And on the subject of fossils, I also these news story about fossils -
 Discovery of 300,000-year-old fossils rewrites origins of Homo sapiens
"The discovery of ancient remains of Stone Age humans in Morocco has pushed back the date of the origin of our species by 100,000 years."
Baby bird discovered in 99-million-year-old amber with feathers, colour intact
Track #11 on Michael's album is called 'Extinct'. 
Fears 'once in a century' chance to preserve bird habitat could be lost to residential development
I hope Australia never loses it's wonderful birdsong.
I wrote about meeting this cheeky little butcher bird pictured above in the post linked below - 
Another Orb at the Byron Bay Writer's Festival?
I never knew that songbirds originated in Australia at the time I wrote that post, so the artwork at the festival of the little butcher bird setting off in the boat seems more poignant now when I read that post again.
And if you listen to the bird pod-cast linked above in the post and wondered where you could see a clip of Alex the smart parrot, he is in the You Tube below.

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