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Newly-discovered fossils belonging to the largest four-winged dinosaur ever found could help shed new light on how the creatures were able to fly, according to research published online Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.
Long believed to be one of the first-ever birds, a new Archaeopteryx species has provided additional evidence that feathers evolved long before creatures gained the ability to fly, according to research published online Wednesday in the journal Nature.
New research that revises the rules allowing scientists to decipher color in dinosaurs may also provide a tool for understanding the evolutionary emergence of flight and changes in dinosaur physiology prior to its origin.
Scientists at the University of Southampton have used a wind tunnel to help understand how early feathered dinosaurs were able to fly.
Nearly a year after a dinosaur fossil was first reported stolen from Mongolia it is finally being returned to its rightful owner. US authorities in New York have returned the remains of the 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar to the Mongolian government.
New research reveals that the flying Microraptor dinosaur was a capable aquatic hunter as well and was able to swoop down and pluck fish out of the water.
When you inspect the legs of most birds you will find everything from the knee down is scaly rather than feathery. There is an exception to this rule however. Some birds of prey, such as eagles, have more feathering below the knee extending down to the feet.
A four-winged, feathered dinosaur that was the size of a pigeon and lived approximately 130 million years ago had black feathers with an iridescent sheen, a team of US and Chinese researchers has revealed.
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides yet more evidence that birds did not descend from ground-dwelling theropod dinosaurs, experts say, and continues to challenge decades of accepted theories about the evolution of flight.
A joint team from the University of Kansas and Northeastern University in China says that it has settled the long-standing question of how bird flight began.
Microraptor, meaning “small thief,” is a genus of dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Period (120 million years ago). This small, four-winged animal was first discovered in the Jiufotang Formation in Liaoning, China, with more than two dozen specimens unearthed. There are two known species of Microraptor. The type species, M. zhaoianus, has been hotly debated for years. It was initially placed in the genus Archaeoraptor before a more accurate description placed it in the...
Sinornithosaurus, meaning “Chinese bird-lizard,” is a genus of feathered dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the early Aptian age of the Early Cretaceous Period (120 - 125 million years ago). It lived in what is now China and was the fifth non-avian feathered dinosaur discovered by 1999. It was discovered in the Jianshangou beds of the Yixian Formation, from the Sihetun locality of western Liaoning. Xu Xing, Wang Xiaolin and Wu Xiaochun, of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology, Beijing are...
Tianyuraptor, meaning "Tianyu thief," is a genus of dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the Barremian and Aptian stages of the Early Cretaceous Period (129 to 122 million years ago). It was discovered in western Liaoning, China in the Dawangzhangzi Bed of the Yixian Formation. While similar to other dromaeosaurids that have been discovered in Liaoning, it is somewhat more primitive. The type specimen, which was described in 2009, shows features not previously known in Northern Hemisphere...
Utahraptor, meaning "Utah's predator," is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the upper Barremian stage of the early Cretaceous Period (approximately 126 million years ago). Utahraptor was discovered by James Kirkland, Robert Gaston, and Donald Burge in 1991 in Grand County, Utah, within the Yellow Cat and Poison Strip region of the Cedar Mountain Formation. The type specimen, and only known species, U. ostrommaysorum, is housed at the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum. However,...
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