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Ancient 'terror bird' used powerful beak to jab like an agile boxer

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1000pa (Aug. 19, 2010) — The ancient "terror bird" Andalgalornis couldn't fly, but it used its unusually large, rigid skull -- coupled with a hawk-like hooked beak -- for a fighting strategy reminiscent of boxer Muhammad Ali. The agile creature repeatedly attacked and retreated, landing well-targeted, hatchet-like jabs to take down its prey, according to a new study published in the online, open-access journal PLoS ONE by an international...

1000pa (Aug. 19, 2010) — The ancient "terror bird" Andalgalornis couldn't fly, but it used its unusually large, rigid skull -- coupled with a hawk-like hooked beak -- for a fighting strategy reminiscent of boxer Muhammad Ali. The agile creature repeatedly attacked and retreated, landing...

Audubon's first engraving of a bird discovered

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1000pa (July 30, 2010) — In 1824, three years before he began to publish his famous "double elephant folio" The Birds of America, John James Audubon (1785-1851), the eminent artist of American birds and animals, created a drawing of a running grouse for use in the design for a New Jersey bank note. Although the artist mentions the drawing and the resulting engraved paper money in two separate diary entries, no one has ever been able to...

1000pa (July 30, 2010) — In 1824, three years...

Evolutionary surprise: Freedom of neck played major role in human brain evolution, research suggests

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1000pa (Aug. 11, 2010) — By deciphering the genetics in humans and fish, scientists now believe that the neck -- that little body part between your head and shoulders -- gave humans so much freedom of movement that it played a surprising and major role in the evolution of the human brain, according to New York University and Cornell University neuroscientists in the online journal Nature Communications (July 27, 2010.)

Scientists had...

1000pa (Aug. 11, 2010) — By deciphering the genetics...

Ancient birds from North America colonized the South, thanks to Panama land bridge

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1000pa (July 14, 2010) — Scientists studying ancient species migration believe northern birds had the ability to colonise continents that southern species lacked. The research, published in Ecography, reveals how the ancient 'land bridge' of Panama, which first connected North and South America, caused an uneven species migration, leading to a new understanding of species diversity today.

The continents of North and South America were...

1000pa (July 14, 2010) — Scientists studying...

Feathered friends: Ostriches provide clues to dinosaur movement

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1000pa (July 2, 2010) — Once thought to be "evolutionary leftovers," new research has shown that ostriches in fact use their feathered forelimbs as sophisticated air-rudders and braking aids.

According to the researchers, wing-use and hindlimb function in ostriches may help palaeontologists in their quest to reconstruct locomotor techniques in bipedal (two-legged) dinosaurs.

The scientists present their research at the Society for...

1000pa (July 2, 2010) — Once thought to be...

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