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Image 1 - Study Sheds Light On 'Story of Feather Evolution'
2011-09-15 13:30:27

  Researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered Cretaceous-era feathers trapped in tree resin in western Canada--fossils which may tell "the most complete story of feather evolution ever seen," according to BBC News reports. A total of 11 fragments were discovered by paleontology graduate student Ryan McKellar, according to the British news agency, which reportedly show the progression from "hair-like 'filaments' to doubly-branched feathers of modern birds."...


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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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