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Dinosaur Age Bird Keratin

‘Dinosaur age’ bird keratin found according to reports in ScienceDaily 21 November 2016, ABC News 24 November 2016 and PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1617168113, published online 21 November 2016. In recent years scientists studying the microscopic structure of fossil birds and dinosaurs, have found small structures that look like melanosomes, granules containing the pigment melanin. There has […]

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Why Diving Birds Don’t Break Their Necks

Why diving birds don’t break their necks revealed in reports in ScienceDaily 5 October 2016 and PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1608628113, published online 4 October 2016. A group of scientists at Virginia Tech have carried out a study of the biomechanics involved to find out why diving birds don’t break their slender, apparently fragile necks. Some diving […]

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Oldest Bird Vocal Organ

Oldest bird vocal organ found, according to reports in BBC News, ABC News, and ScienceDaily and Nature, 2016 DOI: 10.1038/nature19852, published online 12 October 2016. Birds make sounds using an organ named a syrinx, which is located at the junction of the trachea and the two main bronchi down in the bird’s chest. This structure […]

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New Zealand Fossil Giants

New Zealand fossil giants and present day Aussie pygmies are related according to research reported in BBC News 4 January 2005. Scientists from Oxford (UK) and Canterbury (NZ) Universities have extracted DNA from an extinct giant eagle, known as Haast’s eagle that once dominated the skies of New Zealand and compared with DNA of living […]

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Finch Evolution in the Act

“Evolution caught in the act” is the headline of an article in news@nature, 13 July 2006. A study of two species of Darwin’s finches on one of the smaller Galapagos Islands has “provided the best description of a characteristic trait evolving in the wild.” The study was reported in Science vol. 313, p224, 14 July […]

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Amber Dino Feathers

Amber dino feathers found, according to reports in ScienceNOW 15 September 2011, ScienceDaily 16 September 2011, and Science vol. 333, pp1619-1622, 15 September 2011. Scientists in Canada have found amber containing feathers and some filaments that the researchers believe to be dinosaur “protofeathers”. The 11 pieces of amber were found in coal-rich strata at Grassy […]

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Adaptable Birds Catch Caterpillars

Adaptable birds catch caterpillars, as described in Science, vol 310, p304 and ScienceNOW 14 Oct 2005. Great tits are small European birds that breed each Spring and feed on caterpillars. As they need the most food when they are raising their young, it is useful for the birds they lay their eggs in time to […]

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