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Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus
2014-07-25 04:34:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers has discovered the first-ever fossils belonging to a plant-eating dinosaur that contained both scales and featherlike structures, suggesting that plumage might have been present in a far greater number of species than previously believed. The fossils were discovered in Siberia and belong to a species identified as Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus, according to Dan Vergano of National Geographic. The...

Hue Of Barn Swallow Breast Feathers Can Influence Their Health
2013-08-21 09:55:26

University of Colorado Boulder Swallows with artificially darkened breast feathers show decreased levels of oxidative damage to DNA, proteins and fats A new study conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder and involving Cornell University shows the outward appearance of female barn swallows, specifically the hue of their chestnut-colored breast feathers, has an influence on their physiological health. It has been known that in North American barn swallows, both males and...

Feathered Dinosaur Fossils Discovered In North America
2012-10-26 05:01:43

[ Watch the Video: Fossils of First Feathered Dinosaurs from North America Found ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Remember the scene in the original Jurassic Park movie when the giant ostrich-like dinosaurs run from an enraged Tyrannosaurus rex? The scaly, fleet-footed animals moved like a flock of birds, gracefully wheeling across the landscape. A new study, recently published in the journal Science, reveals that this depiction of the bird-mimic dinosaurs...

Image 1 - Fossil Feathers Reveal Lineage Of Extinct, Flightless Ibis
2011-11-23 04:07:43

A remarkable first occurred recently at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History when ornithologists Carla Dove and Storrs Olson used 700- to 1,100-year-old feathers from a long extinct species of Hawaiian ibis to help determine the bird's place in the ibis family tree. The feathers are the only known plumage of any of the prehistorically extinct birds that once inhabited the Hawaiian Islands. Discovered with a nearly complete skeleton, the feathers retained enough microscopic...

2009-08-05 07:15:00

DES PLAINES, Ill., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- United Feather & Down, the nation's premier purveyor of luxury down for use in high-quality bedding is, for the first time, offering unprecedented value for online shoppers. The company is introducing a Web site, http://www.ufandd.com, the new online home for United Feather & Down's Factory Outlet Store. Consumers will find a wide selection of bedding essentials from cushy down pillows to down or down-alternative comforters and duvets,...

2005-08-10 16:15:00

MADISON - Feathers are the essence of birds. Without them, birds could not fly or attract mates. But how exactly do feathers form molecularly? Experimentally testing one current hypothesis, developmental biologists at University of Wisconsin Medical School believe they now have the answer. In a previous study, UW anatomy professor John F. Fallon and his team showed that Sonic hedgehog (Shh) and bone morphogenetic protein 2 (Bmp2) must be expressed in order to produce barb ridges, which are...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.