|To:||'Iliana Medina Guzmán' <>, "'David Rees'" <>|
|Subject:||Feeney and Langmore on Campbell Park research on wrens and cuckoos|
|From:||"Philip Veerman" <>|
|Date:||Wed, 8 Apr 2015 13:15:43 +1000|
Interesting and whatever works is fine. I would have thought plastic would mean variable. Which I would have thought does not fully rule out innate. It is possible to inherit options or different strategies. The word "learned" could have been used, although maybe that would be stating something that is not known to be true, if the only known thing is the variability.
From: Iliana Medina Guzmán [
Sent: Wednesday, 8 April 2015 12:26 PM
To: David Rees
Cc: Robin Hide; <>
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Feeney and Langmore on Campbell Park research on wrens and cuckoos
I would like to clarify that although your translation of the sentence in the abstract is correct for a general audience, it lacks other important information that scientists need to know, in order to replicate or compare this study with other studies.
For example, by mentioning the word 'plastic' the authors imply that these behaviours are learned, not genetically transmitted. By using the word 'portfolio' they imply that is not just one but several types of defenses.
Given the very limited space on scientific journals we need to convey as much useful information as possible in one sentence. But there are several scientists (like Will and Naomi), that write the same findings but for a general audience, here is an example:
On Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 8:41 AM, David Rees <> wrote:
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