2014-04-30 16:26:19 UTC
Birds in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl are adapting to – and may
even be benefiting from – long-term exposure to radiation, ecologists
have found. The study, published in the British Ecological Society's
journal Functional Ecology, is the first evidence that wild animals
adapt to ionising radiation, and the first to show that birds which
produce most pheomelanin, a pigment in feathers, have greatest
problems coping with radiation exposure.