Putting Feet in Mud

Putting feet in mud shows “dinosaurs and birds are different.” A study reported in Nature vol. 399, pp103-104, 141-144 comparing fossil dinosaur footprints with those produced by present day birds running through mud, showed that birds run by moving their knees, with little movement of the hip and ankle and keep their ankles off the […]

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Problem Solving Kiwi Parrots

Problem solving Kiwi parrots reported in New Scientist 14 August 2010, p18 and Animal Cognition online doi: 10.1007/s10071-010-0342-9. Kea parrots are a New Zealand bird with a well-earned reputation as aggressive inquisitive thieves. A group of scientists led by Hiromitsu Miyata of Kyoto University trained Keas to obtain food by removing a metal rod from […]

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Pollination Perch

Pollination perch described in a report in Nature, vol. 435, p41, 5 May 2005. Bruce Anderson of the University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal, South Africa and colleagues have investigated “the curious sterile inflorescence axis” on a plant named Nectarinia famosa, commonly known as the rat’s tail plant because of a large spike that projects from the base […]

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Pigeons Fly Like Helicopters

Pigeons fly like helicopters, according to articles in ScienceShots and PNAS 28 November 2011. A team of biologists and engineers have made high speed videos of pigeons to see how birds change direction whilst in flight. They filmed the birds making right angle turns and calculated the aerodynamic forces generated. They found these birds generated […]

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Pigeon DNA Proves Darwin Right

“Pigeon DNA proves Darwin right” claims Nature News 31 January 2013 in a genetic study of pigeon breeds also reported in ScienceNOW 31 January 2013. Charles Darwin spent many years breeding many varieties of pigeons, and wrote about them in Origin of Species. According to Nathan Young, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, […]

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King Size Fossil Penguin

King size fossil penguin found, according to reports in BBC News, ScienceDaily and ScienceNOW 30 September 2010. A group of scientists from USA and Peru have found the fossil of a giant penguin in rocks dated at 36 million years old in a nature reserve in Peru. Penguins are usually thought of as inhabiting the […]

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Killer Rabbits Guard Chickens

Armando Del Manso of East Barron, Queensland, Australia has discovered that a pair of “killer rabbits” have been dispatching snakes on his property. He had found several dead snakes that showed signs of being bitten and thought his dogs had killed them. However, one night he was startled to see two wild rabbits attack a […]

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How The Biggest Bird Flew

How the biggest bird flew described in an article in ABC (Australia) News in Science 3 July 2007. Sankar Chatterjee, of Museum of Texas Tech University, and his colleagues, have used flight simulation software to analyse the aerodynamics of an enormous fossil bird named Argentavis magnificens which had a seven metre wingspan and may have […]

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Homosexual Penguins Live in New York

Homosexual penguins live in New York, according to a report in The Observer (UK), 8 February 2004, p.1. Two male penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo, make mating gestures towards one another, but showed no interest in mating when a female penguin was provided. Their keeper noticed them trying to hatch a rock and […]

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Giant Penguins Waddled with Dinosaurs

Giant penguins waddled with dinosaurs, claim scientists, according to articles in ScienceDaily, Stuff (NZ) 23 February 2017, and The Science of Nature doi: 10.1007/s00114-017-1441-0, published online 23 February 2017. Scientists from New Zealand and Germany have studied the fossil leg and foot bones of a giant penguin, discovered in the Waipara Greensand of New Zealand.  […]

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