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June 17, 2019

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Researchers have found that pterodactyls, extinct flying reptiles also known as pterosaurs, had a remarkable ability -- they could fly ... read more

Driving Divergence: Evolved Lice Show Sign of Speciation

Biologists drove the divergence of different-sized feather lice from a single population. In four years, the evolved lice had trouble mating with each other -- a sign of ... read more
New research suggests that feathers arose 100 million years before birds -- changing how we look at dinosaurs, birds, and pterosaurs, the ... read more
Birds may not have a word for maroon. Or burnt sienna. But show a zebra finch a sunset-colored object, and she'll quickly decide whether it looks more 'red' or 'orange.' A ... read more
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No Evidence for Increased Egg Predation in the Arctic

Climate and ecosystems are changing, but predation on shorebird nests has changed little across the globe over the past 60 years, finds an international team of 60 researchers. The study published in ... read more

Fracking Causes Some Songbirds to Thrive While Others Decline

A new study finds that some songbird species benefit from the spread of fracking infrastructure while others ... read more

A new study has revealed a range of factors that cause a variation in predation by magpies on farmland ... read more

Spanish Flu May Have Lingered Two Years Before 1918 Outbreak and Vaccine Could Have Treated It

The most severe pandemic in recent history, killing some 50 million people worldwide, the Spanish influenza, may have emerged up to two years earlier than previously believed. And, according to a new ... read more

Tiger sharks have a reputation for being the 'garbage cans of the sea' -- they'll eat just about anything, from dolphins and sea turtles to rubber tires. And in a new study, scientists ... read more

Endangered penguins respond rapidly to changes in local fish numbers, and monitoring them could inform fisheries management and marine ... read more

Museum Volunteers Discover New Species of Extinct Heron at North Florida Fossil Site

When the bones of an ancient heron were unearthed at a North Florida fossil site, the find wasn't made by researchers but by two Florida Museum of Natural History volunteers. A previously ... read more

Bedbugs -- some of the most unwanted human bed-mates -- have been parasitic companions with other species aside from humans for more than 100 million years, walking the earth at the same time as ... read more

Organic Animal Farms Benefit Birds Nesting in Agricultural Environments

Environmental subsidies for agriculture awarded by the European Union aim to improve biodiversity in agricultural environments. A recently completed Finnish study indicates that the proximity of ... read more

Evolution in the Gut

Evolution and dietary habits interact and determine the composition of bacteria in the digestive tract. Many microorganisms in the intestine seem to have developed in sync with their host animals ... read more

Research data on bird sightings finds that 56 different parrot species have been spotted in 43 states, and 25 of those species are now breeding in the wild in 23 different ... read more

Researchers describe a hitherto unknown bird from the late Jurassic period. It is the second bird capable of flight, after the famous Archaeopteryx, to be identified from this ... read more

How Sea Level Rise Affects Birds in Coastal Forests

Saltwater intrusion changes coastal vegetation that provides bird habitat. Researchers found that the transition from forests to marshes along the North Carolina coast due to climate change could ... read more

Researchers have engineered flying robots that behave like hummingbirds, trained by machine learning algorithms based on various techniques the bird uses naturally every ... read more

New research has shown that the last surviving flightless species of bird, a type of rail, in the Indian Ocean had previously gone extinct but rose from the dead thanks to a rare process called ... read more

Members of the same bird species can have dramatically different responses to deforestation depending on where they live, finds a new ... read more

Before they evolved the ability to fly, two-legged dinosaurs may have begun to flap their wings as a passive effect of running along the ... read more

What Drives Multiple Female Acorn Woodpeckers to Share a Nest?

In some acorn woodpecker family groups, related females lay eggs in the same nest and raise the chicks cooperatively with one or more related ... read more

A new study suggests that some birds prioritize social information over visual evidence when making breeding ... read more

Why Do Birds Typically Live Longer Than Mammals?

Why do birds typically live longer than mammals? A new paper offers a hint, albeit not a conclusive ... read more

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