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Avian Evolution: How Raptor Limbs Became Bird Wings
2013-09-18 06:09:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are certain that sometime around 150 million years ago birds originated from a group of small, meat-eating theropod dinosaurs called maniraptorans. According to recent studies conducted around the world, the maniraptorans were very bird-like, with feathers, hollow bones, small body sizes and high metabolic rates. What remains unclear is at what point the forelimbs evolved into wings, making it possible for the maniraptorans...

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...

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2006-05-19 18:52:52

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Scientists say the fossil of a dinosaur fingernail found in Brazil provides new support for the theory of an evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds. Brazilian scientists dubbed the dinosaur the Dino-bird of Peiropolis, after the city in Minas Gerais state where the fossil was found some 370 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro. Ismar de Souza Carvalho, who co-authored the fossil study, said Thursday that it likely belonged to an unknown group of dinosaurs who...


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2010-02-02 13:50:17

Juravenator is a genus of coelurosaurian dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Period (150 million years ago). It lived in what are now the Jura Mountains of Germany. It was discovered in 1998 by an amateur paleontologist in a lime pit near Eichstätt. The specimen was nicknamed Borsti, a name commonly given to bristle-haired dogs. It was assumed that this dinosaur was endowed with bristly proto-feathers. Studies of the remains of Juravenator indicate that this animal had both normal dinosaur...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'