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October 29, 2020

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Antarctica Yields Oldest Fossils of Giant Birds With 21-Foot Wingspans

Some of the largest birds in history, called pelagornithids, arose a few million years after the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs and patrolled the oceans with giant wingspans for some ...

These Two Bird-Sized Dinosaurs Evolved the Ability to Glide, but Weren't Great at It

Despite having bat-like wings, two small dinosaurs, Yi and Ambopteryx, struggled to fly, only managing to glide clumsily between the trees where they ...

World's Greatest Mass Extinction Triggered Switch to Warm-Bloodedness

Mammals and birds today are warm-blooded, and this is often taken as the reason for their great ...

Beak Bone Reveals Pterosaur Like No Other

A new species of small pterosaur - similar in size to a turkey - has been discovered, which is unlike any other pterosaur seen before due to its long slender toothless ...
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Tiny Japanese Dinosaur Eggs Help Unscramble Cretaceous Ecosystem

A research team has excavated over 1300 eggshell fossils from the Lower Cretaceous Ohyamashimo Formation of Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Over 96% of these fossils, including numerous fragments, four ...

First Dinosaur Eggs Were Soft Like a Turtle's

New research suggests that the first dinosaurs laid soft-shelled eggs -- a finding that contradicts established thought. The study analyzed the eggs of two vastly different non-avian dinosaurs and ...

Ancient Bird Figurine Recovered from Refuse Heap the Oldest Instance of East Asian 3D Art

A small bird carving - -the oldest instance of East Asian three-dimensional art ever discovered -- is described in a new ...

Microscopic Feather Features Reveal Fossil Birds' Colors and Explain Why Cassowaries Shine

Some birds are iridescent because of the physical make-up of their feathers, but scientists had never found evidence of this structural color in the group of birds containing ostriches and ...

How Birds Evolved Big Brains

Evolutionary biologists and paleontologists have reconstructed the evolution of the avian brain using a massive dataset of brain volumes from dinosaurs, extinct birds like Archaeopteryx and the great ...

Pterosaurs and Other Fossil Flyers to Better Engineer Human-Made Flight

Pterosaurs were the largest animals ever to fly. They soared the skies for 160 million years -- much longer than any species of modern bird. Despite their aeronautic excellence, these ancient flyers ...

New Feathered Dinosaur Was One of the Last Surviving Raptors

Dineobellator notohesperus lived 67 million years ...

'Wonderchicken' Fossil from the Age of Dinosaurs Reveals Origin of Modern Birds

The oldest fossil of a modern bird yet found, dating from the age of dinosaurs, has been identified by an international team of ...

How the Development of Skulls and Beaks Made Darwin's Finches One of the Most Diverse Species

Darwin's finches are among the most celebrated examples of adaptive radiation in the evolution of modern vertebrates and now a new study has provided fresh insights into their rapid development ...

Study Traces Evolution of Acoustic Communication

A study tracing acoustic communication across the tree of life of land-living vertebrates reveals that the ability to vocalize goes back hundreds of millions of years, is associated with a nocturnal ...

New Feathered Dinosaur Shows Dinosaurs Grew Up Differently from Birds

A new species of feathered dinosaur has been discovered in China. The one-of-a-kind specimen preserves feathers and bones that provide new information about how dinosaurs grew and how they differed ...

When Penguins Ruled After Dinosaurs Died

The newly described Kupoupou stilwelli has been found near New Zealand's South Island and it appears to be the oldest penguin known with proportions close to its modern ...

Whaling and Climate Change Led to 100 Years of Feast or Famine for Antarctic Penguins

New research reveals how penguins have dealt with more than a century of human impacts in Antarctica and why some species are winners or losers in this rapidly changing ...

Researchers Study Chickens, Ostriches, Penguins to Learn How Flight Feathers Evolved

If you took a careful look at the feathers on a chicken, you'd find many different forms within the same bird -- even within a single feather. The diversity of feather shapes and functions ...

Butterflies Take Different Paths to Arrive at Same Color Pattern

An international team of scientists working with Heliconius butterflies in Panama was faced with a mystery: how do pairs of unrelated butterflies from Peru to Costa Rica evolve nearly the same ...

Ancient Egyptians Gathered Birds from the Wild for Sacrifice and Mummification

In ancient Egypt, sacred ibises were collected from their natural habitats to be ritually sacrificed, according to a new ...

First Evidence of Feathered Polar Dinosaurs Found in Australia

A cache of 118 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur and bird feathers has been recovered from an ancient lake deposit that once lay beyond the southern polar ...

Why Are Bald Eagles Such Great Gliders? It's All in the Wrist

Birds come in an astounding array of shapes and colors. New research helps explain why bird species with similar flight styles or body sizes don't have consistent wing shapes. Bird species tend ...

T. Rex Used a Stiff Skull to Eat Its Prey

A Tyrannosaurus rex could bite hard enough to shatter the bones of its prey. But how it accomplished this feat without breaking its own skull bones has baffled paleontologists. That's why ...

One of World's Oldest Bird Species Found in Waipara, New Zealand

The ancestor of some of the largest flying birds ever has been found in Waipara, New ...

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