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Feather Expert Roxie Laybourne

Minor-Penland, Laurie
Feather Expert Roxie Laybourne
United States National Museum
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Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Smithsonian Institution Research Reports Spring 1990
Feather expert Roxie Laybourne examines one of the many feathers that arrive at her office. Tucked away in a small office in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Laybourne is the world's leading expert on feather identification. She first began work at the Smithsonian in 1944.
Roxie C. Laybourne originated the science of forensic ornithology. Often called the "feather detective," Laybourne used feathers to identify bird-strike accidents in military and commercial aircraft, to solve crimes for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to identify feathers unearthed by archeologists, and to recognize species of endangered, poached, or illegally killed birds.
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-016, Box 1, Folder: Photos/No. 60 Spring 1990
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Birds, Women, Smithsonian Institution--Employees, Scientific apparatus and instruments, Ornithologists, Ornithology, Forensic sciences, Zoologists, Specimens
Laybourne, Roxie Collie Simpson, National Museum of Natural History (U.S.), National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Zoology, Department of Zoology (USNM), United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds, National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Birds
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Photographic print, Person, candid
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Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
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Feather Expert Roxie Laybourne

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