How 'Feather Lady' Roxie Laybourne Cracked the Deadly Problem of Planes and Birds

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Profiles the work of Roxie Laybourne and who she developed the techniques at the heart of forensic ornithology. The article includes an interview with Carla Dove, manager of the feather identification lab and Laybourne's protege, and links to several additional news articles about Laybourne.


  • Laybourne, Roxie C. 1910-2003
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Birds


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March 31, 2017


  • Animals
  • Forensic sciences
  • Forensic scientists
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


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