A three-dimensional representation of fossils of the Ichthyornis dispar revealed how the dinosaurs transitioned to modern-day birds with beaks. Most importantly, the 3D construction showed what the first bird beak looked like.
Animals May 3, 2018
Seeds helped the modern-day birds' ancestors survive the periods of mass extinction following an asteroid hit. Research found that today's birds' last common ancestor was a seed eater with a toothless beak.
Animals April 25, 2016
Scrape marks in ancient rocks suggest male dinosaurs 'danced' to impress potential mates, researchers say. Marks in 100-million-year-old Colorado rocks suggest dinosaurs had mating behaviors similar to their bird descendants.
January 8, 2016
The fossil of a minuscule dinosaur provides evidence of what could have been bat-like wings. These membranes may have allowed 'Yi qi' to glide or even make short, flapping flights.
April 29, 2015
Scientist combine efforts in giant genome investigation of world's bird species. Findings create most detailed family tree of birds from the time of the dinosaurs to the present, researchers say.
Animals December 11, 2014
Researchers X-ray guinea fowl walking through poppy seeds to understand dinosaur footprints. Findings can tell paleontologists more about how dinosaurs walked, researchers say.
Animals December 9, 2014
No single "missing link" between dinosaurs and birds, researchers say, but rather a gradual evolution. Earliest birds would have been indistinguishable from their immediate dinosaur ancestors, they explain.
Animals September 25, 2014
It's a chicken from Hell! Or, a dinosaur. Maybe a little of both. What exactly was Anzu Wyliei?
Animals March 23, 2014
Life-sized dinosaurs are coming back to North America this summer. Here's a preview of Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular show!
Animals March 21, 2014