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Dino Snouts from Chicken Beaks

By | May 13, 2015

Researchers tweak gene expression in chicken embryos that may have been crucial to the evolutionary transition from dinosaur noses to bird bills.

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Oldest Ancestor of Modern Birds Found

By | May 6, 2015

Fossils of a new species discovered in China suggest birds developed 6 million years earlier than previously thought.

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Winged Dino Found?

By | May 1, 2015

Researchers describe a small species that may have soared through Jurassic skies on membranous wings like those of bats and flying squirrels.

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Capsule Reviews

By | April 1, 2015

Junk DNA, Cuckoo, Sapiens, and Cool

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How Tinier Theropods Took Flight

By | August 4, 2014

Downsizing dinosaurs was key to the evolution of birds, a study shows. 

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The Flight Size

By | February 5, 2014

The metabolic intensity of powered flight seems to have caused some bird genomes to shrink.

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Behavior Brief

By | September 27, 2013

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Fossil Reshuffles Avian Family Tree

By | May 30, 2013

A newly discovered fossil of what may be the earliest known bird redraws the picture of the early avian evolution, but some researchers are not convinced.

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Cretaceous Easter Eggs

By | April 9, 2012

Researchers discover a 70-million-year-old egg that belonged to a small, bird-like meat-eating dinosaur.

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Dinosaurs’ Shiny Black Feathers

By | March 9, 2012

A 130 million-year-old winged dinosaur offers scientist the oldest evidence of iridescent feathers.

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