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New bird that humans drove to extinction discovered in Azores

Inside the crater of a volcano on Graciosa Island in the Azores archipelago, in the Atlantic Ocean, an international team of researchers has discovered...

Which extinct ducks could fly?

We're all familiar with flightless birds: ostriches, emus, penguins -- and ducks? Ducks and geese, part of a bird family called the anatids, have...

Scientists make new discovery about bird evolution

In a new paper published in National Science Review, a team of scientists from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, the Shandong Tianyu...

Biologists follow ‘fossilizable’ clues to pinpoint when mammal, bird and dinosaur...

Many mammals and birds are remarkable athletes; mice work hard to dig burrows for protection and sparrows fight gravity with each flap of their...

New prehistoric bird species discovered

A team of geologists at the University of Rochester has discovered a new species of bird in the Canadian Arctic. At approximately 90 million...

Keratin and melanosomes preserved in 130-million-year-old bird fossil

New research from North Carolina State University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Linyi University has found evidence of original keratin and melanosome preservation...

In bird feathers, scientists find hints about color of extinct animals

In order to discover the true colors of ancient animals, scientists are using X-rays to closely examine the chemical details of modern bird feathers. The...

Research may help to discover the true colour of extinct animals

An international team of scientists led by The University of Manchester has used state-of-the-art X-ray methods to analyse the chemistry of feathers of birds,...

Tracing the evolution of bird reproduction

What really did come first—the chicken or the egg? Birds' reproductive biology is dramatically different from that of any other living vertebrates, and ornithologists...

Beaked birds champions of the last mass extinction

A new study shows that teeth are not too good for you if you're a dinosaur trying to not go extinct. Around 66 million years...

Evolution of flight in birds

Research by post-doctoral fellow Alexander Dececchi challenges long-held hypotheses about how flight first developed in birds. Furthermore, his findings raise the question of why...

Bird research suggests calling dinosaurs may have been tight-lipped

Dinosaurs are often depicted in movies as roaring ferociously, but it is likely that some dinosaurs mumbled or cooed with closed mouths, according to...

Big bird sex life revealed

The sex life of the biggest bird to have ever roamed the planet has been revealed - and it's more akin to a goose...

Do bearded dragons dream? Reptiles share sleep patterns with mammals and...

Behavioural sleep is ubiquitous among animals, from insects to man. In humans, sleep is also characterized by brain activity: periods of slow-wave activity are...

New basal bird from China reveals the morphological diversity in early...

Over the past three decades, representatives of all major Mesozoic bird groups have been reported from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of northeastern China....

Researcher discovers ancestor of biggest bird ever

A newly discovered distant relative of the duck has just been hailed as an ancestor of the biggest bird the world has ever known...

Study confirms giant flightless bird wandered the Arctic 50 million years...

It's official: There really was a giant, flightless bird with a head the size of a horse's wandering about in the winter twilight of...

Ancient extinction of giant Australian bird points to humans

The first direct evidence that humans played a substantial role in the extinction of the huge, wondrous beasts inhabiting Australia some 50,000 years ago—in...

The five bird species that Darwin couldn’t discover in Madeira and...

When Charles Darwin visited the Azores islands in the 19th Century, the birds he observed were familiar to him. However, if he had travelled...

New basal ornithuromorph bird found in China

A new species of Early Cretaceous bird was reported on January 6th in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society by Min Wang, Zhonghe Zhou...

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