Image of the Day: Bigger Picture
Image of the Day: Bigger Picture
Island birds possess bigger brains than those from the mainland.
Image of the Day: Bigger Picture
Image of the Day: Bigger Picture

Island birds possess bigger brains than those from the mainland.

Island birds possess bigger brains than those from the mainland.

avian evolution
Image of the Day: Bird Braincase
Image of the Day: Bird Braincase
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | May 4, 2018
Newly discovered fossils shed light on the structure of the feeding apparatus of ancient seabirds.
Many Evolutionary Paths Lead to Same Bird Trait
Many Evolutionary Paths Lead to Same Bird Trait
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 20, 2016
Diverse genetic changes lead to remarkably similar hemoglobin adaptations of diverse bird species, a study finds. 
Dino Snouts from Chicken Beaks
Dino Snouts from Chicken Beaks
Bob Grant | 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.
Oldest Ancestor of Modern Birds Found
Oldest Ancestor of Modern Birds Found
Jenny Rood | May 6, 2015
Fossils of a new species discovered in China suggest birds developed 6 million years earlier than previously thought.
Winged Dino Found?
Winged Dino Found?
Bob Grant | 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.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Apr 1, 2015
Junk DNA, Cuckoo, Sapiens, and Cool
How Tinier Theropods Took Flight
How Tinier Theropods Took Flight
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 4, 2014
Downsizing dinosaurs was key to the evolution of birds, a study shows. 
The Flight Size
The Flight Size
Tracy Vence | Feb 5, 2014
The metabolic intensity of powered flight seems to have caused some bird genomes to shrink.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Abby Olena | Sep 27, 2013
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research