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Probably Flew Like a Pheasant
Ashley Yeager | Mar 13, 2018
High-tech imaging of the Jurassic creature’s humerus and ulna bones reveals it flapped its wings to evade predators.
Bats May Have Taken on Viruses To Stay in Flight
Ashley Yeager | Feb 23, 2018
Dampening the immune response to stay up in the air may have helped bats become tolerant to viral infections.
How Hummingbirds Sense Movement While Hovering
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 5, 2017
A visual motion-sensing brain region found in all four-limbed vertebrates displays unique properties in Anna’s hummingbirds.
Leader in Biomechanics Dies
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2015
Duke’s Steven Vogel studied how plants and animals adapt to the physical world.
“Feathered Poodle From Hell” Dino Found
Kerry Grens | Jul 20, 2015
A newly discovered relative of
had abundant plumage and birdlike wings.
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.
How Tinier Theropods Took Flight
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 4, 2014
Downsizing dinosaurs was key to the evolution of birds, a study shows.
Hummingbirds Out-hover Helicopters
Bob Grant | Jul 31, 2014
The diminutive birds can accomplish sustained flight that is at least as efficient as that of the most high-tech micro-drone, a study shows.
3-D X-Rays Catch Insects in Flight
Kerry Grens | Mar 26, 2014
Using a new approach, researchers capture the in vivo mechanics of a flying fly.
The Flight Size
Tracy Vence | Feb 5, 2014
The metabolic intensity of powered flight seems to have caused some bird genomes to shrink.