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Small bird fills big fossil gap

The 115-million-year-old remains of a tiny toothed bird with a two-pronged tail resembling a pair of darts have filled knowledge gaps about feather evolution, scientists reported Tuesday.

dateJun 02, 2015 in Archaeology & Fossils
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Bacteria study could have agricultural impact

Wichita State University microbiology professor Mark Schneegurt and ornithology professor Chris Rogers have discovered that one of North America's most common migratory birds – the Dark-eyed Junco – carries ...

dateMay 28, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Mercury pollution danger for arctic ivory gulls

A paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B today says that mercury levels in arctic ivory gulls have risen almost 50 fold over the last 130 years. Scientists think this increase in mercury pollutants could ...

dateMar 20, 2015 in Ecology
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A new species of hummingbird?

The Bahama Woodstar is a hummingbird found in the Bahamas, and comprises two subspecies. One of these, Calliphlox evelynae evelynae, is found throughout the islands of the Bahamas, and especially in the northern ...

dateFeb 12, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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What makes the feather soar

Dinosaurs may have gone extinct some 66 million years ago, but that's hardly the end of their story. One group of their modern-day progeny, the class Avia—namely, birds—is a spectacular evolutionary success ...

dateFeb 11, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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