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Sirens of Greek Myth Were Bird-Women, Not Mermaids
April 6, 2018
— A new translation of Homer’s Odyssey corrects the record: The Sirens' seductive power lies with their otherworldly, avian knowledge.
This Newly Discovered Dino-Bird Sported Flashy, Iridescent Feathers
January 23, 2018
— A Chinese fossil suggests that some feathered dinosaurs flaunted glamorous getups to rival the colorful displays of modern birds.
New Aquatic Dinosaur Find Is a Strange and Startling Avian Hodgepodge
December 6, 2017
— A swan-like neck, penguin-like flippers, and a duck-like posture combine to make a bizarre new addition to the world of dinosaurs.
Stretching Their Wings
September 29, 2017
— Lauren McGough became a falconer as a teenager. Now her compassionate training with Miles, a troubled Golden Eagle, has given him a new life.
How Hurricane Harvey Affected Birds and Their Habitats in Texas
September 25, 2017
— While some areas vital to birds saw damage, the endangered Attwater's Prairie Chicken was dealt the biggest blow.
See an Ancient Baby Bird Beautifully Encased in Amber
June 12, 2017
— The remarkably preserved fledgling, a member of the extinct enantiornithine group, provides new clues into the lives of Mesozoic birds.
How Lasers Are Revealing Hidden Evolutionary Clues in Ancient Bird Fossils
January 31, 2017
— Using a special lighting technique, researchers have already made several surprising discoveries about one early species of feathered dinosaur.
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