UM Research to Focus on Muscles of Bird Flight

pigeon during mid-upstroke

There are two primary types of muscles. Skeletal muscles allow one to raise a limb or walk. Smooth muscles, such as those in the walls of blood vessels or the iris of an eye, are not under conscious control and do their work almost automatically.

A new National Science Foundation grant presented to the University of Montana and the Northeast Ohio Medical University will allow researchers to explore how smooth muscles control feathers and help birds fly.