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.

2017
12/12
New avialan Kumimanu biceae
(Read about it: Science News)

Cretaceous ixodid found entangled in pennaceous feather
(Read about it: Science News)

12/11
Growth of dental tissues in therizinosaurs
(Read about it: DML)

Praeornis sharovi as a rachis-dominated feather
(Read about it: DML)

Neuronal signature of imitative learning in Melospiza georgiana
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

12/10
Foraging limits of Accipiter henstii
(Read about it: Wildlife Society Bulletin)

12/8
New avialan Maaqwi cascadensis
(Read about it: DML)

12/7
Causes and consequences of tool shape variation in Corvus moneduloides
(Read about it: Current Biology)

12/6
New dromaeosaurid Halszkaraptor escuilliei
(Read about it: Theropoda, The Atlantic, Audubon News, Science News)

Severe effect of the last interglacial climate change on East Asian avifauna
(Read about it: BMC Evolutionary Biology)

12/5
Body mass estimation of Raphus cucullatus
(Read about it: PeerJ)

12/4
Non-cortical magnitude coding of space and time by Columba livia
(Read about it: Current Biology)

12/2
New basal paravian Ostromia crassipes
(Read about it: DML)

12/1
Paranyroca from the Oligocene-Miocene of France
(Read about it: Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie - Abhandlungen)

11/28
Phylogeny of alcedinids
(Read about it: Journal of Biogeography)

Feather structure of Anchiornis
(Read about it: DML)

Pygoscelis adeliae colonization in east Antarctica following the last glacial-interglacial transition
(Read about it: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology)

11/27
Ecomorphological convergence in petroicids
(Read about it: Journal of Avian Biology)

Gastroliths in Jeholornis
(Read about it: DML)

Rapid morphological change in Rostrhamus sociabilis associated with the invasion of Pomacea maculata
(Read about it: Nature Ecology and Evolution)

Differences in avian fearfulness between sexes in relation to body size and color
(Read about it: Journal of Zoology)

Function of chick-carrying in Podiceps nigricollis
(Read about it: Inkfish)

11/24
Functional anatomy of the Gigantoraptor erlianensis mandible
(Read about it: DML)

Avialan tracks from the Gates
(Read about it: DML)

11/23
Rapid hybrid speciation in Geospiza
(Read about it: Audubon News)

11/21
Aerobic performance of tinamids limited by small heart size
(Read about it: DML)

Regulatory modules involved in feather development
(Read about it: Lost Worlds Revisited)

11/20
Comparative analysis of avian vestibular ecomorphology
(Read about it: DML)

Multiple origins of secondary temporal fenestrae and orbitozygomatic junctions in avians
(Read about it: DML)

11/17
Natural selection shaped the rise and fall of genomic diversity in Ectopistes migratorius
(Read about it: The Atlantic, Science News)

Avian heart size associated with flight capacity
(Read about it: Journal of Experimental Biology)

11/16
Discrete circuits support generalized vs. context-specific vocal learning in Lonchura striata domestica
(Read about it: Neuron)

Supposed oviraptorosaur from the Santana reevaluated as a megaraptoran
(Read about it: DML)

Grus americana choose long-term partners years before breeding
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

11/14
Sex-specific hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis sensitivity in Catharus ustulatus
(Read about it: Hormones and Behavior)

Difference in arrival date at breeding site predicts divorce in Cyanistes caeruleus
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

11/9
Sounds made by flight feathers signal danger in Ochyphaps lophotes
(Read about it: Science News)

11/8
Shape-frame fitting during tool use in Cacatua goffiniana
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

Return migration of Cuculus canorus breeding in Hungary
(Read about it: Journal of Ornithology)

11/6
Molecular basis of tactile specialization in the bill of Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
(Read about it: Science News)

Compass orientation drives fledgling Calonectris leucomelas to cross mountain ranges
(Read about it: Current Biology)

11/5
Paravian egg from the Ilek
(Read about it: DML)

New data on the humerotriceps of sphenisciforms
(Read about it: DML)

11/4
Confuciusornithid from the Huajiying
(Read about it: DML)

11/3
Comparative hindlimb myology of foot-propelled swimming avians
(Read about it: DML)

Redescription of fossil avian track Koreanaornis anhuiensis
(Read about it: Journal of Palaeogeography)

11/2
Broad-scale recombination pattern Rhea americana
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

New oviraptorosaur Avimimus nemegtensis
(Read about it: DML)

11/1
Taeniopygia guttata learn song vocabulary independently of sequence
(Read about it: Nature Communications)

Habitat explains variation in agonistic calls of Eudyptula minor
(Read about it: The Auk)

Sphenisciform cranium from the Submeseta
(Read about it: DML)

10/30
Mosaic genome evolution in Lonchura
(Read about it: Nature Ecology and Evolution)

10/27
Allometric invariance in the mechanical structure of the avian egg
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

10/25
Alvarezsaur from the Bissekty
(Read about it: DML)

Female-biased natal philopatry and brood parasitism in odontophorids and anseriforms
(Read about it: The Auk)

10/24
Female Junco hyemalis thurberi sing in territorial context
(Read about it: New Scientist)

Dispersal influences genetic and acoustic spatial structure in Thryophilus rufalbus
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

10/23
Direct benefits explain helping behavior in some cooperatively-breeding avians
(Read about it: Nature Communications)

10/20
Recent natural selection for long bills in Parus major
(Read about it: Science)

10/19
Biomechanical origin of extreme wing allometry in trochilids
(Read about it: Nature Communications)

10/18
Ecological separation between Mesozoic avialans and pterosaurs
(Read about it: DML)

Preservation of uropygial gland lipids in an Eocene bird
(Read about it: DML)

Heterospecific eavesdropping in ant-following avians is a learned behavior
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

10/15
Hesperornithines from the Late Cretaceous of Russia
(Read about it: DML)

10/11
New avialan Junornis houi
(Read about it: Laelaps, Lost Worlds Revisited)

Phylogenetic relationships and evolution of large flightless neognaths
(Read about it: Laelaps, Lost Worlds Revisited)

10/9
Kinship and familiarity mitigate costs of social conflict in Acrocephalus sechellensis
(Read about it: PNAS)

Growth and bone fusion in Pterygornis dapingfangensis
(Read about it: DML)

Introductory whistle is sufficient for early song recognition by Zonotrichia atricapilla nestlings
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

10/7
Phylogenetic position of Vegavis iaai
(Read about it: DML)

10/5
Biochemical basis of yellow feather pigmentation in Melopsittacus undulatus
(Read about it: Science News)

9/30
Complex song elicits aggression in Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae
(Read about it: New Scientist)

9/29
The Pliocene avifauna of Kanapoi
(Read about it: Journal of Human Evolution)

9/27
Geographic variation in the display call of Pygoscelis papua
(Read about it: The Auk)

Group foraging increases foraging efficiency in Spheniscus demersus
(Read about it: New Scientist)

Function and flexibility of object exploration in Corvus moneduloides and Nestor notabilis
(Read about it: Royal Society Open Science)

9/25
Ontogenetic loss of dental alveoli in Sapeornis chaoyangensis and caenagnathids
(Read about it: DML)

How Columba livia outperform Homo sapiens at multitasking
(Read about it: Current Biology)

Big brains facilitate colonization of variable habitats in avians
(Read about it: Nature Ecology and Evolution)

9/20
Hearing sensitivity of Tyto alba does not decline with age
(Read about it: Science News)

Phenotypic plasticity of phallus morphology in anseriforms
(Read about it: Nature News and Comment)

Wing morphing in Amazilia amazilia during hovering flight
(Read about it: Royal Society Open Science)

9/15
Blindness in free-living Apteryx rowi
(Read about it: New Scientist)

New avialan Machaeropterus eckelberryi
(Read about it: Zootaxa)

9/13
Species recognition in Neotropical passerines
(Read about it: Inkfish)

9/11
Diversification of anseriforms
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

9/8
Tail anatomy of Buitreraptor gonzalezorum
(Read about it: DML)

9/6
Spontaneous crafting of hook tools in Cacatua goffiniana
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

9/4
Calls of female Cuculus canorus misdirect host defenses
(Read about it: Nature News and Comment)

8/31
Intraclutch eggshell color variation may allow female Passer montanus to identify individual eggs
(Read about it: PeerJ)

8/29
Eggshell coloration of Heyuannia huangi
(Read about it: Lost Worlds Revisited)

Cranial morphology of Avimimus portentosus
(Read about it: DML)

Anosmia impairs homing orientation but not foraging behaviour in Calonectris diomedia
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

Individual heterogeneity in Diomedea exulans
(Read about it: Ecological Monographs)

8/28
Origin and extirpation of Loxia megaplaga and Sialia sialis in the Bahamas
(Read about it: PNAS)

8/24
Bone histology of Raphus cucullatus
(Read about it: Lost Worlds Revisited)

Evolutionary consequences of skeletal traits shaped by embryonic muscle activity in avian evolution
(Read about it: DML)

Epigenetic variation between urban and rural populations of Geospiza fortis and Geospiza fuliginosa
(Read about it: BMC Evolutionary Biology)

8/23
Kneecap kinematics of Struthio camelus
(Read about it: Zoologger)

8/22
New paravian Serikornis sungei
(Read about it: Theropoda, Laelaps)

Dominance hierarchy of North American avians
(Read about it: Behavioral Ecology)

8/21
Widespread gene flow in Pterodroma between oceans
(Read about it: Molecular Ecology)

8/18
Range of motion in avian hind limb joints
(Read about it: DML)

8/17
Passerines from the Pleistocene of Liang Bua
(Read about it: PeerJ)

8/16
Hybridization between Sialia currucoides and Sialia mexicana associated with cycles of ecological succession
(Read about it: The American Naturalist)

8/11
Sexual dimorphism in striatal dopaminergic responses promotes monogamy in Taeniopygia guttata
(Read about it: eLife)

8/10
New avialan Leucocarbo septentrionalis
(Read about it: Molecular Phyogenetics and Evolution)

8/9
Stable isotope analyses of feather amino acids identify sphenisciform migration strategies
(Read about it: New Scientist)

Forearm histology of Daliansaurus liaoningensis
(Read about it: DML)

Wing motions of Columba livia during wing morphing
(Read about it: Journal of the Royal Society Interface)

"Tasidyptes hunteri" is not a valid taxon
(Read about it: Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society)

Object categorization by parids
(Read about it: Behavioural Processes)

8/8
New troodont Latenivenatrix mcmasterae
(Read about it: Theropoda, Laelaps)

8/7
New avialan Chupkaornis keraorum
(Read about it: DML)

Seed dispersal by Ara shapes the landscape of Bolivian Amazonian savannahs
(Read about it: In Defense of Plants)

8/3
Complex plumage patterns can be produced only with contribution of melanins
(Read about it: DML)

8/2
Atlas rib of Archaeopteryx
(Read about it: DML)

8/1
Review of the aquatic avian fossil record in the Carpathian Basin
(Read about it: Ornis Hungarica)

7/31
Improvement of camouflage through background choice in ground-nesting avians
(Read about it: Audubon News)

Genetic isolation in Charadrius pallidus
(Read about it: Ibis)

7/27
New oviraptorosaur Corythoraptor jacobsi
(Read about it: Laelaps)

Parus minor use an ordering rule to decode novel call sequences
(Read about it: Science News, Audubon News)

Genetic differentiation between Strix occidentalis caurina and Strix occidentalis occidentalis
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

7/26
Extinction and replacement of Cygnus sumnerensis
(Read about it: New Scientist, Inkfish)

Pale and dark morphs of Strix aluco show different telomere dynamics in relation to disease status
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Effects of age and reproductive status on foraging site fidelity in Morus bassanus
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Larus dominicanus and Leucophaeus scoresbii cause perineal wounds in juvenile Arctocephalus australis
(Read about it: The Atlantic)

Correlated evolution of sternal keel length and ilium length in avialans
(Read about it: DML)

7/25
Plantar pressure distribution of Struthio camelus during locomotion on different substrates
(Read about it: DML)

Wing development in Dromaius novaehollandiae
(Read about it: DML)

7/24
Experimental determination of three-dimensional cervical joint mobility in the avian neck
(Read about it: DML)

7/22
Review of antero-posterior patterning of the avian limb
(Read about it: DML)

7/19
Thermal soaring capabilities in Sapeornis chaoyangensis
(Read about it: DML)

Divergence of song discrimination is faster in Neotropical passerines with innate song than in song learners
(Read about it: Evolution)

7/18
Review of ancient avian DNA
(Read about it: DML)

7/17
New troodont Albertavenator curriei
(Read about it: David Evans Lab, Theropoda, Laelaps)

Osteomyelitis in an Eocene sphenisciform
(Read about it: Historical Biology)

7/14
Flexible planning for tool-use and bartering in Corvus corax
(Read about it: The Atlantic, Science News, Audubon News, New Scientist, Why Evolution is True)

7/13
Genomic signature of avian Lilliput effect across the K-Pg
(Read about it: All About Birds)

7/12
Taxonomic status of Phyllastrephus leucolepis
(Read about it: Journal of Ornithology)

7/11
Bone microstructure of Vegavis iaai
(Read about it: DML)

Unusual trackways of recent avians
(Read about it: Ichnos)

7/10
New avialan Tsidiiyazhi abini
(Read about it: Science News, Dr. Neurosaurus, Laelaps)

7/6
Explosive radiation and spatial expansion in Prunella
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

Halobaena caerulea recognize the odor of their own egg
(Read about it: Journal of Experimental Biology)

7/5
Distinct developmental pathways underlying the evolution of flightlessness in paleognaths
(Read about it: DML)

7/4
Osteology of Neuquenraptor argentinus
(Read about it: DML)

7/3
Setophaga striata make regional-scale movements not oriented toward their migratory goal during fall
(Read about it: Movement Ecology)

7/1
Movements and habitat use of Pezoporus occidentalis in southwestern Queensland
(Read about it: Austral Ecology)

6/29
Possible acoustic mimicry of tayassuids by Neomorphus
(Read about it: New Scientist)

Cuculus canorus as an indicator of high avian species richness in Eurasia
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

6/28
Rhythmic drumming in Probosciger aterrimus shares key elements of instrumental music
(Read about it: Science News, New Scientist)

Incubation temperatures of oviraptorosaur eggs
(Read about it: DML)

Effects of phylogeny and locomotor style on the allometry of avian body mass and pelvic dimensions
(Read about it: DML)

6/27
New avialan Amazona gomezgarzai
(Read about it: PeerJ)

New avialan Pyrrhula crassa
(Read about it: Zootaxa)

6/23
Evolution and function of avian egg shape
(Read about it: The Atlantic, Science News, New Scientist)

6/22
Phylogeny and biogeography of the Lophorina-Ptiloris species complex
(Read about it: Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society)

6/19
Species associations among avian attendants of army ants
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

6/14
New avialans Latagallina naracoortensis, Latagallina olsoni, Garrdimalga mcnamarai, and Progura campestris
(Read about it: DML)

6/13
Pace of migration in Catharus minimus
(Read about it: Audubon News)

6/12
Recovering the distribution and migratory patterns of Conuropsis carolinensis
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

6/9
Possible mechanisms of substrate color-matching in alaudids
(Read about it: Ibis)

6/8
New specimen of Buitreraptor gonzalezorum
(Read about it: DML)

New troodont Daliansaurus liaoningensis
(Read about it: Laelaps)

6/7
Modelling of mechanobiological factors influencing sesamoid tissue morphology in the patellar tendon of Struthio camelus
(Read about it: What's in John's Freezer?)

Rivers limit species composition but not areas of endemism in Amazonian avians
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

Quantitative discrimination of flightlessness in fossil anatids
(Read about it: DML)

New avialan Diomedavus knapptonensis
(Read about it: DML)

6/6
Juvenile enantiornithine preserved in amber
(Read about it: Theropoda, New Scientist, Audubon News, Lost Worlds Revisited, Laelaps)

Anas platyrhynchos feed on Velella velella
(Read about it: Plankton and Benthos Research)

6/2
Genetic signature of the loss of flight in Phalacrocorax harrisi
(Read about it: The Atlantic, Science News)

6/1
Petralca austriaca reinterpreted as a gaviiform
(Read about it: Historical Biology)

5/30
Positive association between population genetic differentiation and speciation rates in New World avians
(Read about it: PNAS)

Feeding ecology is primary driver of beak shape diversification in anseriforms
(Read about it: Functional Ecology)

Habitat selection by Crax blumenbachii in an Atlantic forest remnant
(Read about it: Emu)

New troodont Liaoningvenator curriei
(Read about it: Laelaps)

5/26
Review of recent insights into avian brain development
(Read about it: DML)

5/24
Phoenicopterids can stand on one leg using little active muscular force
(Read about it: The Atlantic, Science News, Audubon News)

Anhingid from the Tatrot
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

Steatornis caripensis produce echolocation signals beyond their best hearing range
(Read about it: Royal Society Open Science)

Wind conditions and geography shape the first outbound migration of juvenile Pernis apivorus
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Repeated divergent selection on pigmentation genes in Sporophila
(Read about it: All About Birds)

Function of slotted wingtips in Corvus monedula during flapping flight
(Read about it: ScienceDaily)

5/22
Oxygen isotope fractionation between avialan bone phosphate and drinking water
(Read about it: DML)

5/17
How Forpus coelestis minimize cost of foraging flight
(Read about it: New Scientist, Science News)

5/15
New avialan Campylopterus calcirupicola
(Read about it: Zootaxa)

Safekeeping of tools in Cacatua goffiniana
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

5/12
Juvenile Cyanistes caeruleus discriminate between odors of familiar and unfamiliar conspecifics
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

5/10
Geronticus from the Pliocene of South Africa
(Read about it: PalZ)

5/9
New oviraptorosaur Beibeilong sinensis
(Read about it: New Scientist, Science News, Laelaps, PLOS Paleo Community)

5/8
Cosmetic coloration in Neophron percnopterus
(Read about it: New Scientist)

Corvus corax remember the nature of a single reciprocal interaction sequence after a month
(Read about it: Science News)

5/5
Phalacrocorax carbo can detect auditory cues while diving
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

5/2
New troodont Jianianhualong tengi
(Read about it: Laelaps)

4/30
Galloanseran from the Bukpyeong
(Read about it: Journal of the Geological Society of Korea)

4/29
New volume on avian respiration
(Read about it: DML)

4/27
Trochilid feeding behavior in southeastern Brazil
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

4/26
Turn-taking ceremonies in Uria aalge signal individual condition
(Read about it: All About Birds)

4/20
Rates of parasitism vary among hosts of Molothrus ater
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

4/19
Review of avian paleobiology in New Zealand
(Read about it: DML)

4/18
Cumulative culture can emerge from collective intelligence in Columba livia flocks
(Read about it: Science News)

Male Petroica longipes cater to their mate’s desire when sharing food
(Read about it: New Scientist)

Sexually dimorphic gene expression in the hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal axis of Columba livia
(Read about it: Audubon News)

Neural basis for password-based species recognition in Molothrus ater
(Read about it: Audubon News)

4/13
New specimens of Anchiornis huxleyi
(Read about it: Theropoda)

4/12
New avialan Piscivorenantiornis inusitatus
(Read about it: DML)

4/10
New dromaeosaurid Zhongjianosaurus yangi
(Read about it: Theropoda, Laelaps)

4/7
Evolution of sex-linked barring in Gallus gallus domesticus
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Within-pair similarity in migration route predicts breeding performance of Fratercula arctica
(Read about it: ScienceDaily)

4/5
Migratory connectivity of Calidris pusilla
(Read about it: Audubon News, Shorebird Science)

Counterintuitive roles of experience of weather in Aquila chrysaetos migration
(Read about it: ScienceDaily)

4/4
Revision of non-passerine neoavians of the Miocene of Hungary
(Read about it: DML)

4/1
New avialans Crexica crexica and Miohypotaenidia tanaisensis
(Read about it: DML)

3/31
Chromosomal mapping of repetitive DNAs in Amazona aestiva and Myiopsitta monachus
(Read about it: Cytogenetic and Genome Research)

3/29
Relationship between the anterior blind spot and width of binocular visual field in avians
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Light-dependent magnetic compass in Taeniopygia guttata
(Read about it: ScienceDaily)

3/28
Variability in use of tidal stream environments by marine avians
(Read about it: Marine Policy)

Mobbing behavior on ophidians by Cymbilaimus lineatus
(Read about it: Journal of Ornithology)

3/27
Sources of conflict in resolving neornithine phylogeny
(Read about it: DML)

Thermal impact of avian wing color on flight performance
(Read about it: New Scientist)

3/23
Group dynamics of non-breeding Corvus corax
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Pectoral girdle morphology of Mesozoic avialans
(Read about it: DML)

Phylogenetic position of "Neospiza" concolor
(Read about it: New Scientist)

3/22
Cellular preservation of tendon- and cartilage-like tissues in Confuciusornis
(Read about it: What's in John's Freezer?)

Why Nipponia nippon join mixed-species flocks
(Read about it: ScienceDaily)

Scaling and functional morphology in strigiform hind limbs
(Read about it: Nature Communications)

Social bonds in phoenicopterids
(Read about it: Applied Animal Behaviour Science)

3/20
Play vocalization as a positive emotional contagion in Nestor notabilis
(Read about it: The Atlantic, New Scientist)

Bone histological correlates of flight style in avians
(Read about it: DML)

3/17
Enigmatic sphenisciform from La Meseta
(Read about it: Polar Research)

3/16
Rapid adjustment of migration in a newly-established population of Hirundo rustica
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Functional variation in therizinosaur jaws
(Read about it: DML)

3/15
Selective attention in male Pavo cristatus while assessing rivals
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Internal anatomy of the Accipiter nisus forelimb
(Read about it: PeerJ)

3/14
Ichthyornis-like avialan from the Melovatka
(Read about it: DML)

Bony pits in the bill tip of Dromaius novaehollandiae and Struthio camelus
(Read about it: DML)

3/13
Craniofacial diversification in Columba livia domestica
(Read about it: Nature Ecology and Evolution)

3/8
Sociality correlated with reduced brain size in picids
(Read about it: New Scientist)

Variation in growth drives the duration of parental care in Uria lomvia
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Ancient DNA reveals Pleistocene existence of Struthio in Indian subcontinent
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

New avialan Opisthodactylus kirchneri
(Read about it: DML)

3/7
Geographic variation in male territory defense strategies in Phylloscopus trochiloides
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

3/4
Age impacts survival and territory defense in Gavia immer
(Read about it: The Loon Project)

3/2
Potential breeding range of Numenius tenuirostris
(Read about it: Bird Conservation International)

3/1
Soft tissues of Anchiornis
(Read about it: Skeletaldrawing.com, Theropoda)

New avialan Scytalopus alvarezlopezi
(Read about it: The Auk)

Telomere dynamics of Sturnus unicolor juveniles depend on nest-building materials used by parents
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

Wintering in Europe enhances survival of juvenile Ciconia ciconia
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

Discrimination of male Poecile atricapillus songs
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

Thermoregulatory function of bare head in Geronticus eremita
(Read about it: Frontiers in Zoology)

2/28
Relatedness reduces aggressive male interactions in Gallus gallus domesticus
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

2/27
Evolutionary patterns of gestural display in icterids
(Read about it: Evolution)

External measurements of passerines
(Read about it: Ecology)

2/24
Male Melospiza melodia adjust aggression towards neighbors based on mate fertility
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

Soft tissue of Eoconfuciusornis
(Read about it: DML)

2/23
The function of egg shape in Uria aalge
(Read about it: Ibis)

Large sphenisciform from the Waipara Greensand
(Read about it: March of the Fossil Penguins, Laelaps, Lost Worlds Revisited)

Evolutionary consequences of cranial fenestration in avians
(Read about it: DML)

Growth benefit to Troglodytes aedon nestlings of having an asynchronously late-hatching nestmate greater for extra-pair offspring
(Read about it: Tough Little Birds)

2/21
Presence of conspecific females influences mobbing behavior in male avians
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Seed dispersal by Anas platyrhynchos
(Read about it: Audubon News, In Defense of Plants)

2/17
Function of egg shape in Uria
(Read about it: Journal of Ornithology)

2/16
Variability in stable isotopes of Bubo scandiacus feathers
(Read about it: Journal of Avian Biology)

2/15
Group behavior within Chaetura pelagica flocks during approaches to roost
(Read about it: Science News)

New Gargantuavis philoinos specimen from Spain
(Read about it: DML)

2/13
New avialan Vanolimicola longihallucis
(Read about it: DML)

2/10
Habitat suitability and constraints of migration in parulids
(Read about it: All About Birds)

2/8
Sentinel behavior of Turdoides squamiceps
(Read about it: New Scientist)

Divergence between phylogenetic diversity and species richness in avians
(Read about it: Journal of Biogeography)

2/6
Functional roles of avian cis-regulatory elements
(Read about it: DML)

2/4
Long-term variability in diet and reproductive performance of sphenisciforms at Bird Island
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

2/2
New avialan Macranhinga ameghinoi
(Read about it: Historical Biology)

2/1
Evolution of passerine nests
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Evolutionary dynamics of avian adaptive radiation
(Read about it: BBC News)

1/31
New avialan Cruralispennia multidonta
(Read about it: Theropoda)

1/27
Correlating avian footprint and wing characteristics
(Read about it: DML)

1/26
Record number of Buphagus africanus on a single host
(Read about it: Journal of Threatened Taxa)

1/25
Avian higher level biogeography
(Read about it: Journal of Biogeography)

1/24
Reproductive success driven by site fidelity in Thalassarche melanophris
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

1/20
Archaeopterygid tooth from the Early Cretaceous of France
(Read about it: DML)

Migration of Setophaga kirtlandii
(Read about it: Science News)

Deinonychosaur tracks from the Early Cretaceous of China
(Read about it: DML)

1/18
Coevolution of the pygostyle and tail feathers in Mesozoic avialans
(Read about it: DML)

A bare-part ornament as a predictor of dominance in Porphyrio melanotus melanotus
(Read about it: The Auk)

Confusion effect generated by large Sturnus vulgaris flocks
(Read about it: Science News)

Demographic history of Larus heermanni
(Read about it: The Auk)

1/16
Hind limb morphometry of phorusrhacids
(Read about it: DML)

1/12
Cranial osteology of Buitreraptor gonzalezorum
(Read about it: DML)

Phalangeal joint kinematics during locomotion in Struthio camelus
(Read about it: DML)

1/11
New material of Garganornis ballmanni
(Read about it: New Scientist, PLOS Paleo Community)

Unattractive male Malurus melanocephalus show greater mate-guarding effort
(Read about it: All About Birds)

1/10
Identification of an anomalous Buteo
(Read about it: PeerJ)

1/9
Phylogeny of aquilines
(Read about it: Zootaxa)

Breeding site sampling in male Calidris melanotos
(Read about it: Nature)

Aepyornis DNA retrieved from eggshell
(Read about it: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution)

1/5
Neurons responsive to global visual motion have unique tuning properties in trochilids
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

1/4
Pair bond duration in Sterna hirundo does not affect breeding output
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

1/2
Review of cognition in Gallus gallus domesticus
(Read about it: ScienceDaily)

1/1
New avialan Aprosdokitos mikrotero
(Read about it: DML)

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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