Scientific breakthroughs take teamwork. The Birds-of-Paradise Project required experts in photography, tree climbing, sound recording, animal behavior, and evolution—plus the unique knowledge of native New Guineans. With the combined skills of Tim Laman, Ed Scholes, and the local people, the project was a success. But if any one of the team had been missing, we might still be guessing at the details of the birds-of-paradise. Filmed and photographed by Tim Laman. Explore more at