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February 23, 2017

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Feb. 23, 2017 — A recently discovered fossil of a giant penguin with a body length of around 150 centimeters has been described in a new article. The new find dates back to the Paleocene era and, with an age of ... read more

July 18, 2016 — New research challenges a long-held hypotheses about how flight first developed in ... read more

July 11, 2016 — Dinosaurs are often depicted in movies as roaring ferociously, but it is likely that some dinosaurs mumbled or cooed with closed mouths, according to a new ... read more

July 5, 2016 — The new species is named Calciavis grandei -- with "calci" meaning "hard/stone," and "avis" from the Latin for bird, and "grandei" in honor of famed ... read more

June 24, 2016 — The potential evolutionary link between hairs in mammals, feathers in birds and scales in reptiles has been debated for decades. Today, researchers demonstrate that all these skin appendages are ... read more

June 15, 2016 — The gonads play a larger role than previously thought in evolution, a pair of studies on dark-eyed juncos has found. The first paper compares the subspecies in their expression of enzymes that make ... read more

June 9, 2016 — Scientists have found that the ancestors of garter snakes gained toxin-resistant nerves almost 40 million years ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — Brain sleep appeared early in vertebrate evolution. Researchers describe the existence of REM and slow-wave sleep in the Australian dragon, with many common features with mammalian sleep: a phase ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — Multiple dispersals of penguins reached Australia after the continent split from Antarctica, including 'giant penguins' that may have lived there after they went extinct elsewhere, ... read more

Apr. 21, 2016 — New research based on high-resolution x-ray movies reveals that despite having extremely underdeveloped muscles and wings, young birds acquire a mature flight stroke early in their development, ... read more

Apr. 21, 2016 — When the dinosaurs became extinct, plenty of small bird-like dinosaurs disappeared along with giants like Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops. Why only some of them survived to become modern-day birds ... read more

Diet Affects the Evolution of Birds

Apr. 13, 2016 — How diet has affected the evolution of the 10,000 bird species in the world is still a mystery to evolutionary biology. A new study shows how diet preferences have influenced bird diversification ... read more

Apr. 12, 2016 — In groundbreaking new work, biologists have discovered a predictable trend in the evolution of bird ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — A new analysis of the prehistoric origin of malaria suggests that it evolved in insects at least 100 million years ago, and the first vertebrate hosts of this disease were probably reptiles, which at ... read more

Mar. 15, 2016 — A pregnant Tyrannosaurus rex that roamed Montana 68 million years ago may be the key to discerning gender differences between theropod, or meat-eating dinosaur, ... read more

Mar. 7, 2016 — Any one that has eaten roasted chicken can account for the presence in the drumstick (lower leg) of a long, spine-like bone. This is actually the fibula, one of the two long bones of the lower leg ... read more

Mar. 2, 2016 — A new species, Chongmingia zhengi, sheds light on the early evolution of birds. Phylogenetic analyses indicate that it is basal to the dominant Mesozoic avian clades Enantiornithes and ... read more

Mar. 1, 2016 — Losing the ability to fly gave ancient penguins their unique locomotion style. But leaving the sky behind didn't cause major changes in their brain structure, researchers suggest after examining ... read more

Feb. 12, 2016 — New research confirms there really was a giant, flightless bird with a head the size of a horse's wandering about in the winter twilight of the high Arctic some 53 million years ... read more

New Zealand's Little Penguins Are Recent Australian Invaders

Feb. 2, 2016 — The little penguin species (popularly known as little blue penguins) found in southern New Zealand is a surprisingly recent invader from Australia, according to a new study. Following the recent ... read more

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