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Feathery Four-winged Dinosaur Fossil Found In China Bridges Transition To Birds

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1000pa (Sep. 29, 2009) — A fossil of a bird-like dinosaur with four wings has been discovered in northeastern China. The specimen bridges a critical gap in the transition from dinosaurs to birds, and reveals new insights into the origin evolution of feathers.

The transition from dinosaurs to birds is poorly understood because of the lack of well-preserved fossils, and many scientists argue that bird-like dinosaurs appear too late in the...

1000pa (Sep. 29, 2009) — A fossil of a bird-like dinosaur with four wings has been discovered in northeastern China. The specimen bridges a critical gap in the transition from dinosaurs to birds, and reveals new insights into the origin evolution of feathers.

The transition from dinosaurs to birds...

Naming Evolution's Winners And Losers

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1000pa (Aug. 24, 2009) — Mammals and many species of birds and fish are among evolution's "winners," while crocodiles, alligators and a reptile cousin of snakes known as the tuatara are among the losers, according to new research by UCLA scientists and colleagues.

"Our results indicate that mammals are special," said Michael Alfaro, a UCLA assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and lead author of the research.

The study,...

1000pa (Aug. 24, 2009) — Mammals and many...

Giant Moa Rebuilt Using Ancient DNA From Prehistoric Feathers

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1000pa (July 2, 2009) — Scientists have performed the first DNA-based reconstruction of the giant extinct moa bird, using prehistoric feathers recovered from caves and rock shelters in New Zealand.

Researchers from the University of Adelaide and Landcare Research in New Zealand have identified four different moa species after retrieving ancient DNA from moa feathers believed to be at least 2500 years old.

The giant birds – measuring up to 2...

1000pa (July 2, 2009) — Scientists have...

Gliding Bristletails Give Clues On Evolution Of Flight

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1000pa (Mar. 23, 2009) — Dr. Stephen P. Yanoviak of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has published new research in the Royal Society’s Biology Letters providing insight on the evolution of winged flight.

Yanoviak and his co-authors, Mike Kaspari of the University of Oklahoma and Robert Dudley at the University of California-Berkeley, observed how arboreal bristletails -- evolutionary precursors to insects -- in the Amazon Forest...

1000pa (Mar. 23, 2009) — Dr. Stephen P...

How A New Theory Of Bird Evolution Came About

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1000pa (Mar. 3, 2009) — Ken Dial at The University of Montana has unveiled a major new theory for the evolution of flight that is changing textbooks around the world. It involves wing-assisted incline running and a fundamental bird wing angle.

When Ken Dial made one of the sweetest, most surprising discoveries of his career, he swore like a sailor.

It happened like this: The University of Montana researcher and two grad students were working...

1000pa (Mar. 3, 2009) — Ken Dial at The...

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Dinosaurs Encyclopedia

Book Review

Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages ... WRITTEN BY A PROFESSIONAL paleontologist specifically for young readers, this guide to the Dinosauria is packed...