Category Archives: Epidexipteryx

HBW Alive Newsletter #21 – March 2016


The latest newsletter of the Handbook of the Birds of the World has been released and it, as usual, is chock full of fascinating discoveries*, insightful synthesis, and stunning multi-media features. *For example, I just learned that a flightless owl … Continue reading

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A new idea for what Velociraptors did with those claws


By now, we’re all familiar with this image: Velociraptors running at high speed toward a big lumbering dinosaur that the little demons subdue with an onslaught of murderous slashes from an outsized claw on their second toe. Mark Stevenson’s reproduction … Continue reading

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Is Archaeopteryx no longer the first bird?


In a story today by BBC Science Reporter Matt McGrath, paleontologists are debating the long-held view of Archaeopteryx lithographica as the “first bird.” At issue is the discovery of new birdlike fossils, notably Xiaotingia from China, that were very similar … Continue reading

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Did the big pterosaurs really fly?


Reporting on the Science NOW website, Kristen Minogue has written of a recent controversy regarding the ability of the largest pterosaurs to fly. Mark Witton Two recent papers have challenged that the really big “flying” reptiles of the Mesozoic (think … Continue reading

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New fossil pterosaur: Darwinopterus


Thanks to BBC Science Reporter Matt McGrath for this article on a new species of pterosaur recently described from fossils collected in northeast China. Lead researcher Dr. David Unwin (University of Leicester) and colleagues have dubbed the creature Darwinopterus modularis. … Continue reading

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How to talk to complete idiots


Must read column here by Mark Morford of the SF Gate (San Francisco Chronicle).

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New fossil may be ancestor of T. rex


Have you met Raptorex? You should, he was pretty cool. Of course, Todd Marshall’s lively drawing makes him look even cooler:

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weekly haiku – Happy Darwin Day


Two hundred today! Would Darwin be proud of us? Science needs converts.

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Epidexipteryx – new feathered dinosaur fossil from China!


BBC Science Reporter James Morgan provided a fascinating story this week about the latest in a string of feathered dinosaur fossils from Liaoning Province in China. This one, named Epidexipteryx by lead researchers Fucheng Zhang and Xing Xu of the … Continue reading

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