Early Birds News
December 8, 2019

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In ancient Egypt, sacred ibises were collected from their natural habitats to be ritually sacrificed, according to a ... read more

First Evidence of Feathered Polar Dinosaurs Found in Australia

A cache of 118 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur and bird feathers has been recovered from an ancient lake deposit that once lay beyond the southern polar ... read more

Monster Penguin Find in Waipara, New Zealand

A new species of giant penguin -- about 1.6 metres tall -- has been identified from fossils found in Waipara, North Canterbury in New ... read more

NZ Big Bird a Whopping 'Squawkzilla'

Australasian palaeontologists have discovered the world's largest parrot, standing up to 1m tall with a massive beak able to crack most food sources. The new bird has been named Heracles inexpectatus ... read more
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Fresh Look at Mysterious Nasca Lines in Peru

Using a taxonomic approach, scientists have re-identified the huge birds drawn on the desert plains of Peru as hermits or ... read more

Baby Pterodactyls Could Fly from Birth

Researchers have found that pterodactyls, extinct flying reptiles also known as pterosaurs, had a remarkable ability -- they could fly from ... read more

Past Climate Change Pushed Birds from the Northern Hemisphere to the Tropics

Researchers have shown how millions of years of climate change affected the range and habitat of modern birds, suggesting that many groups of tropical birds may be relatively recent arrivals in their ... read more

Feathers Came First, Then Birds

New research suggests that feathers arose 100 million years before birds -- changing how we look at dinosaurs, birds, and pterosaurs, the flying ... read more

In a First, Researchers Identify Reddish Coloring in an Ancient Fossil

Researchers have for the first time detected chemical traces of red pigment in an ancient fossil -- an exceptionally well-preserved mouse, not unlike today's field mice, that roamed the fields ... read more

Museum Volunteers Discover New Species of Extinct Heron at North Florida Fossil Site

When the bones of an ancient heron were unearthed at a North Florida fossil site, the find wasn't made by researchers but by two Florida Museum of Natural History volunteers. A previously ... read more

Evolution in the Gut

Evolution and dietary habits interact and determine the composition of bacteria in the digestive tract. Many microorganisms in the intestine seem to have developed in sync with their host animals ... read more

First Birds: Archaeopteryx Gets Company

Researchers describe a hitherto unknown bird from the late Jurassic period. It is the second bird capable of flight, after the famous Archaeopteryx, to be identified from this ... read more

Running May Have Made Dinosaurs' Wings Flap Before They Evolved to Fly

Before they evolved the ability to fly, two-legged dinosaurs may have begun to flap their wings as a passive effect of running along the ... read more

Genetics Behind the Evolution of Flightless Birds

Based on the analysis of the genomes of more than a dozen flightless birds, including an extinct moa, researchers found that while different species show wide variety in the protein-coding portions ... read more

Ancient Birds out of the Egg Running

Using their own laser imaging technology, scientists have determined the lifestyle of a special hatchling bird by revealing the previously unknown feathering preserved in the fossil specimen found in ... read more

Alligator Study Reveals Insight Into Dinosaur Hearing

A new study of American alligators found that the reptiles form neural maps of sound in the same way birds ... read more

Palaeolithic Art Featuring Birds and Humans Discovered

A new article tells how researchers found -- in the site of Hort de la Bequera (Margalef de Montsant, Priorat) -- an artistic piece from 12,500 years ago in which humans and birds try to interact in ... read more

Origins of Giant Extinct New Zealand Bird Traced to Africa

Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand's most mysterious giant flightless bird -- the now extinct adzebill -- showing that some of its closest living relatives are the ... read more

Earliest Example of Animal Nest Sharing Revealed by Scientists

An international team of scientists has shown that fossilized eggshells unearthed in western Romania represent the earliest known nest site shared by multiple ... read more

Earliest Known Seed-Eating Perching Bird Discovered in Fossil Lake, Wyoming

The 'perching birds,' or passerines, are the most common birds in the world today -- they include sparrows, robins, and finches. They used to be very rare. Scientists have just discovered ... read more

First Discovered Fossil Feather Did Not Belong to Iconic Bird Archaeopteryx

A 150-year-old fossil feather mystery has been solved. Researchers applied a novel imaging technique, laser-stimulated fluorescence, revealing the missing quill of the first fossil feather ever ... read more

Molecular Analysis of Anchiornis Feather Gives Clues to Origin of Flight

Researchers have performed molecular analysis on fossil feathers from a small, feathered dinosaur from the Jurassic. Their research could aid scientists in pinpointing when feathers evolved the ... read more

Bird Beaks Did Not Adapt to Food Types as Previously Thought

A new study has shed some new light on how the beaks of birds have adapted over ... read more

The Oldest Large-Sized Predatory Dinosaur Comes from the Italian Alps

Early Jurassic predatory dinosaurs are very rare, and mostly small in size. Saltriovenator zanellai, a new genus and species is the oldest known ceratosaurian, and the world's largest (1 ton) ... read more

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