Dinosaur challenges theories of early flight

A feathered dinosaur has been discovered that existed way before the bird-like dinosaurs that birds have generally been thought to have evolved from.

The early bird catches... the crab

A new fossil discovery has shown that some early birds evolved teeth adapted for specialized diets.

Wolf-like dino preyed on early birds

A dinosaur that couldn't fly itself could nevertheless take down and eat flying dinos as much as a third of its size.

Birds prefer pooping on red cars

If birds poop on your shiny red car more than on those of your neighbors, don't take it personally: it's just the color.

Early birds wiped out giant flying insects

We have the first birds to thank for the fact that there are no longer any two-foot-long bugs buzzing about in the skies, say University of California, Santa Cruz scientists.

Are birds just 'juvenile dinosaurs'?

The evolution of birds is the result of a drastic change in how dinosaurs developed, Harvard scientists say.

TV towers killing millions of birds

Almost seven million birds are killed by communications towers every year as they migrate from the United States and Canada to Central and South America.

After nuclear disasters, wildlife thrives

Radiation from nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima may, surprisingly, have done the local wildlife no harm at all.

Wind power and birds - did Obama get it right?


The Obama administration has instituted new voluntary guidelines for project siting and development.



La Nina linked to killer flu pandemics

The La Niña weather pattern could be triggering flu pandemics such as 2009's swine flu, scientists suggest.

Don't be fooled on wind power and birds



The view there on Keystone is full speed ahead, send the dilbit on down – even as government scientists and conservation groups [PDF] raise

Puffins search for optimal migration route

Puffins are funny looking, but appearances aren’t everything. It turns out that the funny little birds are smart enough to “scout out” their own migration routes.

Lizards may be smarter than you think

If you thought reptiles were some of the least intelligent creatures in the animal kingdom, well, you might want to reconsider.

Planes should look more like birds, says team

Planes designed to look like birds would be more aerodynamic than traditional shapes, say a pair of engineers in California and South Africa.

Dinosaurs may have descended from birds

A new study turns perceived wisdom on its head, concluding that some dinosaurs may actually have descended from birds.