Writings

Jerdon's Courser

Sunday, 28 Jun 2015

There are just five preserved skins of Jerdon’s courser that survive and two of them are in the ornithological collection at the Natural History Museum, Tring. A colleague Stuart Piertney took scrapings from the membrane lining the inside the mystery egg and shavings from a toe-pad from one of the two courser skins. “The sequences obtained from the egg and the toe-pad were identical, indicating that they had come from the same species”

You can only imagine what kind of story involves a tiny egg from an already presumably extinct species from India surviving the trip to Aberdeen in 1917. If you have never visited Tring Museum - you should.