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2013-12-18 13:31:32

It's the festive season, time for eating, drinking and being merry, and any thoughts of reaching goals like losing weight or keeping on top of finances go out of the window. And now a team of psychologists at the University of Sheffield have carried out new research which suggests that burying our head in the sand instead of trying to meet our targets this month is completely understandable - in fact we are motivated to do so. Dr Thomas Webb, from the University's Department of...

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2011-08-10 13:00:00

Researchers say a jawbone found in Kazakhstan gives more evidence towards the theory that giant birds roamed the Earth during the same time as the dinosaur. The team said the new species had a skull about 12-inches long and would have stood 6 to 9 feet tall.  The researchers also said the bird would have had a wingspan of about 13 feet. The only other evidence of a bird of this size during the period was a fossilized spinal bone found in France and was reported in a 1995 paper in the...

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2010-07-01 07:34:54

The flightless ostrich uses its wings very effectively in high-performance running and may provide valuable information about how its dinosaur ancestors moved, say researchers in Germany Once thought to be "evolutionary leftovers", new research has shown that ostriches in fact use their feathered forelimbs as sophisticated air-rudders and braking aids. According to the researchers, wing-use and hindlimb function in ostriches may help paleontologists in their quest to reconstruct locomotor...

2008-09-11 18:01:43

Ostriches, emus, kiwis and other winged non-flyers might seem to be birds of a feather, sharing similar evolutionary origins, but the story could turn out to be much weirder, with perhaps numerous flying ancestors. This group of birds, called ratites, has been viewed by biologists as part of a larger group (paleognaths) of mostly extinct birds that are key to understanding the early evolution of birds. All living ratites are found in the Southern Hemisphere and share features associated...


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2006-09-25 15:21:14

The Ostrich, Struthio camelus, is a flightless bird native to Africa. It is the only living species of its family, Struthionidae. Ostriches occur naturally on the savannas and Sahel of Africa, both north and south of the equatorial forest zone. Other members of this group include rheas, emus, cassowaries and the largest bird ever, the now-extinct Aepyornis. Six subspecies are recognized: S.c. australis in Southern Africa S.c. camelus in North Africa. S.c. massaicus in East Africa. S.c....

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'