Maniraptor News

I will update this page with news related to maniraptors and link to websites that discuss these finds, the newest updates at the top.

News from past years can be found archived here.

2018
2/19
Function of mimicry of Picoides villosus by Picoides pubescens
(Read about it: Project FeederWatch)

2/17
Avians from the Pleistocene of Olduvai Gorge
(Read about it: Journal of Human Evolution)

2/16
New avialans Muriwaimanu tuatahi and Sequiwaimanu rosieae
(Read about it: DML)

2/15
Neocortical association cell types in the forebrain of avians and other archosaurs
(Read about it: DML)

2/14
Social rank associated with spatial learning performance in Phasianus colchicus
(Read about it: Royal Society Open Science)

Troodont eggshell from the Horseshoe Canyon
(Read about it: DML)

2/13
Phylogenetic variation in avian heat tolerance
(Read about it: Journal of Experimental Biology)

Thermoregulation in Australian psittaciforms
(Read about it: Journal of Experimental Biology)

2/12
Coprolites of dinornithiforms and Strigops habroptila
(Read about it: Science News)

2/9
Maneuverability of trochilids
(Read about it: Science)

New specimens of Anchiornis huxleyi
(Read about it: DML)

2/7
Cognitive performance is linked to group size in Gymnorhina tibicen
(Read about it: Nature)

Vocal individuality in drumming in great spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos major
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

2/6
Color change in a structural ornament is related to individual quality in Cyanistes caeruleus
(Read about it: The Science of Nature)

Community assembly of passerines in the Ailao Mountains
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

Avian eggshells from the El Collado Sandstone and Clay
(Read about it: DML)

2/5
No evidence that carotenoids boost immune or antioxidant defenses in Serinus canaria
(Read about it: Nature Communications)

2/2
Tau accumulations in the brains of picids
(Read about it: Science News, Audubon News)

2/1
Anser anser adjust heart rates and body temperatures to season and reproductive context
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

1/31
New avialan Eogranivora edentulata
(Read about it: DML)

Juvenile enantiornithine preserved in amber
(Read about it: DML)

Mechanical power curve measured in the wake of Ficedula hypoleuca
(Read about it: Journal of the Royal Society Interface)

Spatial memory important for territorial ownership in Phaethornis longirostris
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

1/30
Retention of flight-related adaptations in the avian finger-joint complex of Struthio camelus
(Read about it: DML)

1/29
Alarm calls evoke a visual search image of a predator in Parus minor
(Read about it: New Scientist)

1/26
New specimen of Archaeopteryx
(Read about it: DML)

1/24
Testing social learning of anti-predator responses in juvenile Corvus monedula
(Read about it: Royal Society Open Science)

1/22
Hook innovation boosts foraging efficiency in Corvus moneduloides
(Read about it: Nature Ecology and Evolution)

1/17
Population genetics of an island invasion by Cettia diphone
(Read about it: The Auk)

Predictors and consequences of nest-switching behavior in Hirundo rustica erythrogaster
(Read about it: The Auk)

Rapid expansion and diversification of fluvicolines
(Read about it: Journal of Avian Biology)

1/16
Development of flight feathers
(Read about it: Zoological Letters)

1/15
New basal paravian Caihong juji
(Read about it: Laelaps, Audubon News)

Rate of telomere loss related to maximum lifespan in avians
(Read about it: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B)

1/13
Ecological drivers of song evolution in avians
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

1/11
Climate not the main determinant of geographic range in North American avians
(Read about it: Global Ecology and Biogeography)

1/10
Bone histology of Mesozoic paravians
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

Reevaluation of dentary strutures of caenagnathids
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

1/9
Night diving by Aptenodytes forsteri during breeding period
(Read about it: Journal of Experimental Biology)

Structural absorption by barbule microstructures of black paradisaeid feathers
(Read about it: The Atlantic, Audubon News)

1/6
Three-dimensional kinematics of avian take-off
(Read about it: The Science of Nature)

1/5
Hindlimb morphometrics of hesperornithines compared to extant diving avians
(Read about it: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology)

Egg features that predict egg rejection in Turdus migratorius
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

1/4
Avialan fossils of the Cretaceous of Korea
(Read about it: DML)

Possible role of Cry4 in magnetoreception for Erithacus rubecula
(Read about it: Current Biology)

1/3
Intra-tropical movements as a beneficial strategy for migrating Acrocephalus arundinaceus
(Read about it: Royal Society Open Science)

Lowering prolactin reduces parental care in Taeniopygia guttata
(Read about it: Hormones and Behavior)

14 comments:

  1. "Avialian status of Gargantuavis philoinos confirmed"

    Was there ever any doubt about this?

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  2. It appears that some suggested it may have been a pterosaur at one point.

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  3. "Unenlagiines may be avialians after all"

    Spinosaurian avialians = Crazy Awesome.

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  4. "New species of Jeholornis J. palmapenis"

    Great. Another name to add to the list of pervosaurs. Stand aside Pedopenna and Erectopus. -_-

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  5. "Unenlagiines may be avialians after all"

    Isn't the same true for microraptorines & troodontids?

    SpongeBobFossilPants/Spinosegnosaurus77

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    1. It is possible, though I don't know of any recent studies specifically tackling the possibility of those.

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  6. "Review of Jurassic maniraptors (and other coelurosaurs) with new, yet-to-be-analyzed hypothesis on phylogeny"

    Care to explain? The Dinosaur Tracking link is dead; the Theropoda link is unintelligible even when translated.

    Spinosegnosaurus77/SpongeBobFossilPants

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    1. http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/dinosaur/2010/10/tracking-the-emergence-of-birds/

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  7. Could you add an option to view news by category (Therizinosaurs, Alvarezsauroids, Oviraptorosaurs, Deinonychosaurs, Avialians & All)?

    Spinosegnosaurus77/SpongeBobFossilPants

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    1. I don't think I can add such a function to the page itself (unless I do it by HTML, which I don't know how to). I could try making new pages and linking to them on this main page, though I'm not sure if I'd want to.

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  8. Will you mention the Unquillosaurus news?

    Spinosegnosaurus77/SpongeBobFossilPants

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    1. Probably not, as that's not something that paper was focused on.

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  9. What, no mention of Erlikosaurus' bite force?

    Spinosegnosaurus77/SpongeBobFossilPants

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    1. I'm not always punctual in updating this page, and I was waiting for the DML archives to update.

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