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Tropical birds waited for land crossing between North and South America, study finds

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1000pa (Dec. 20, 2009) — Despite their ability to fly, tropical birds waited until the formation of the land bridge between North and South America to move northward, according to a University of British Columbia study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Early Edition).

"While many North American birds simply flew across the marine barriers that once separated the continents, tropical birds,...

1000pa (Dec. 20, 2009) — Despite their ability to fly, tropical birds waited until the formation of the land bridge between North and South America to move northward, according to a University of British Columbia study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Early...

Extinct moa rewrites New Zealand's history

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1000pa (Nov. 18, 2009) — The evolutionary history of New Zealand's many extinct flightless moa has been re-written in the first comprehensive study of more than 260 sub-fossil specimens to combine all known genetic, anatomical, geological and ecological information about the unique bird lineage.

That lineage ended only about 600 years ago after a journey through time that most likely began about 80 million years earlier on the prehistoric...

1000pa (Nov. 18, 2009) — The evolutionary...

Archaeopteryx Was Not Very Bird-like: Inside The First Bird, Surprising Signs Of A Dinosaur

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1000pa (Oct. 9, 2009) — The raptor-like Archaeopteryx has long been viewed as the archetypal first bird, but new research reveals that it was actually a lot less "bird-like" than scientists had believed.

In fact, the landmark study led by paleobiologist Gregory M. Erickson of The Florida State University has upended the iconic first-known-bird image of Archaeopteryx (from the Greek for "ancient wing"), which lived 150 million years ago...

1000pa (Oct. 9, 2009) — The raptor-like...

Trackway Analysis Shows How Dinosaurs Coped With Slippery Slopes

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1000pa (Oct. 8, 2009) — A new investigation of a fossilized tracksite in southern Africa shows how early dinosaurs made on-the-fly adjustments to their movements to cope with slippery and sloping terrain. Differences in how early dinosaurs made these adjustments provide insight into the later evolution of the group.

The research, conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, Argentina's Universidad de Buenos Aires, and the Iziko...

1000pa (Oct. 8, 2009) — A new investigation of...

Was Mighty T. Rex 'Sue' Felled By A Lowly Parasite?

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1000pa (Sep. 30, 2009) — When pondering the demise of a famous dinosaur such as 'Sue,' the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex whose fossilized remains are a star attraction of the Field Museum in Chicago, it is hard to avoid the image of clashing Cretaceous titans engaged in bloody, mortal combat.

It is an image commonly promoted by museums and dinosaur aficionados. Sue's remains, in fact, exhibit holes in her jaw that some believed were battle...

1000pa (Sep. 30, 2009) — When pondering the demise...

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