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August 31, 2016

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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

Jan. 29, 2016 — 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 this case a 500-pound bird -- has been ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — When Charles Darwin visited the Azores islands in the 19th Century, the birds he observed were familiar to him. However, if he had travelled there 500 years before, he would have found an ... read more

Jan. 7, 2016 — Dinosaurs engaged in mating behavior similar to modern birds, leaving the fossil evidence behind in 100 million year old rocks, according to new research. Ancient fossilized scrapes recently ... read more

Dec. 11, 2015 — The evolution of modern birds was greatly shaped by the history of our planet's geography and climate. New research finds that birds arose in what is now South America around 90 million years ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Extinct archosaurs' eggshell porosity may be used as a proxy for predicting covered or exposed nest types, according to a new ... read more

Nov. 13, 2015 — In the 19th century, Darwin's most vocal scientific advocate was Thomas Henry Huxley, who is also remembered as a pioneer of the hypotheses that birds are living dinosaurs. He noticed several ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — Wing color patterns of butterflies perform different signalling functions, from avoiding bird predators to attracting potential mates. Such conflicting natural and sexual selection pressures may ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — In a finding that could change the way scientists think about bird evolution, researchers have found that the shape of bird wings is influenced more by how closely related species are to one another ... read more

Nov. 4, 2015 — The evolution of male songbirds as the colorful consorts of drab female partners is more complicated than long thought, says a researcher on a team that looked at nearly 6,000 species for a massive ... read more

Ancestry of Mammalian 'Warm-Bloodedness' Revealed

Oct. 29, 2015 — 'Warm-bloodedness', a characteristic of mammals, is a trait encompassing a suite of physiological processes that helps to maintain a relatively high, constant body temperature. A new study ... read more

Oct. 28, 2015 — An undergraduate paleontology student has discovered an Ornithomimus dinosaur with preserved tail feathers and soft tissue. The discovery is shedding light on the convergent evolution of these ... read more

Oct. 20, 2015 — It is commonly known that birds evolved from dinosaurs. But what happened next? Today, shorebirds (otherwise known as waders) live in a wide variety of environments worldwide, from the Himalayas to ... read more

Oct. 13, 2015 — Were dinosaurs really fast, aggressive hunters like the ones depicted in the movie 'Jurassic World'? Or did they have lower metabolic rates that made them move more like today's ... read more

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