- Aug 7, 2002
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Probably linked somewhere else but I couldn't fin it:
University of Sheffield researchers used models developed by Alan Turing to study why flocks of long-tailed tits spread out across the countryside.
They found the birds were more likely to stay close to their relatives but avoided larger flocks.
PhD student Natasha Ellison said the maths was essential to the research.
Researchers tracked the birds around Sheffield's Rivelin Valley, which eventually produced a pattern across the landscape, and they used maths to reveal the behaviours causing these patterns.
The team used equations developed by Mr Turing in the 1950s, who developed them to describe how animals get their spotted and striped patterns.