Maniraptor News

I will update this page with news related to maniraptors and link to websites that discuss these finds, the newest updates at the top.

News from past years can be found archived here.

2018
10/17
Clade‐specific evolutionary diversification along ontogenetic major axes in avian limb skeleton
(Read about it: DML)

Evolution of multi-modal signals in avians
(Read about it: New Scientist)

10/15
Marine avians from the Pleistocene of Japan
(Read about it: Historical Biology)

10/12
Male and female Sialia sialis sing statistically equivalent songs
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

10/11
The avian hippocampus in the context of evolutionary connectomics
(Read about it: DML)

10/10
Ancestrally duplicated mitogenome region in psittaciforms
(Read about it: Molecular Biology and Evolution)

10/9
Emotional responses to conspecific distress calls are modulated by affiliation in Nymphicus hollandicus
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

10/8
Avian eggshell from the Brule
(Read about it: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology)

10/5
Population genomics of Plectrophenax hyperboreus and Plectrophenax nivalis
(Read about it: PeerJ)

10/4
Passerculus sandwichensis learn songs from experimental vocal tutors
(Read about it: Audubon News)

10/3
Genetic basis of head color polymorphism in Erythrura gouldiae
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Audience promotes multimodal courtship display in Uraeginthus cyanocephalus
(Read about it: Science Advances)

10/2
Year-round flight behavior of Acrocephalus arundinaceus and Upupa epops
(Read about it: Movement Ecology)

Effect of long-term atmospheric changes on avialan evolution
(Read about it: DML)

10/1
Personality shapes pair bonding in Parus major
(Read about it: Nature Ecology and Evolution)

9/28
Size dimorphism does not explain sexual segregation in Phasianus colchicus
(Read about it: PeerJ)

9/27
Morphological adaptations for relatively large brains in trochilid skulls
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

9/26
New avialan Vorombe titan
(Read about it: Laelaps)

New avialan Oreotrochilus cyanolaemus
(Read about it: Audubon News)

Similar hybrid composition among different age and sex classes in the Setophaga coronata coronata x Setophaga coronata auduboni hybrid zone
(Read about it: The Auk)

Influence of early-life nutritional stress on memory formation in Taeniopygia guttata
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

9/25
Genetic basis for variation in melanic plumage coloration in Junco hyemalis
(Read about it: Molecular Ecology)

9/24
New avialan Jinguofortis perplexus
(Read about it: Theropoda)

Novelty of the avian syrinx
(Read about it: DML)

9/21
Formation of striped patterns in galliforms
(Read about it: Science)

Gastric pellets in Anchiornis
(Read about it: DML)

9/19
Gut microbiome of Geospiza septentrionalis
(Read about it: Microbiome)

9/18
Weight regulation in passerines
(Read about it: Trends in Ecology and Evolution)

9/17
Seasonal abundance and survival of migratory avians in North America
(Read about it: All About Birds)

Subordinate Malurus coronatus foster strong bonds with relatives and potential mates
(Read about it: Behavioral Ecology)

9/13
Low survival of strongly footed Phasianus colchicus
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

9/12
Diel fledging patterns among grassland passerines
(Read about it: The Auk)

9/11
Preservation of feathers in Shuvuuia deserti
(Read about it: DML)

9/10
Prohibitive costs of ejecting brood parasite eggs in Spiza americana
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

9/7
Evolution of parental activity in avians shaped by the risk of nest predation and ambient temperature
(Read about it: Evolution)

Primary molt in gruiforms
(Read about it: PeerJ)

9/6
Comparison of genomic islands of differentiation across young avian species pairs
(Read about it: Molecular Ecology)

Reflection of near-infrared light confers thermal protection in avians
(Read about it: Nature Communications)

Visual attention of Columba livia
(Read about it: Journal of Experimental Biology)

9/5
Killing kinematics in Lanius ludovicianus
(Read about it: The Atlantic, Science News, Audubon News)

Endocrine bases of defense against avian brood parasites
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Feather growth rate increases with latitude in Neotropical avians
(Read about it: The Auk)

Overlap and selection of dust-bathing sites in sympatric galliforms
(Read about it: The Auk)

Accurately quantifying the shape of avian eggs
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

Molothrus ater use consistent cognitive strategies for nest prospecting and foraging tasks
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

9/3
Commentary on the origin of avian flight
(Read about it: DML)

8/29
Colonization of terrestrial habitat "islands" by Phylloscopus trochilus
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

High resolution but low contrast sensitivity in the color vision of Parabuteo unicinctus
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Long-range dispersal in Eudyptes pachyrhynchus during their pre-molt period
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

8/28
Development of pseudoteeth in pelagornithids
(Read about it: DML)

Small caenagnathid from the Horseshoe Canyon
(Read about it: DML)

8/27
Hormonal responses of Turdus merula to non-mimetic eggs
(Read about it: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology)

8/25
Plotopterid from the Jinnobaru
(Read about it: PeerJ)

8/24
Genomic structure of Mixornis gularis
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

8/23
New alvarezsaurs Bannykus wulatensis and Xiyunykus pengi
(Read about it: DML)

8/22
Economic decision-making in psittaciforms
(Read about it: New Scientist)

The pyriform egg of Uria aalge is more stable on sloping surfaces
(Read about it: Science News)

Effect of future reproduction on cooperative behavior in avians
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Facial display in Ara ararauna
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

8/21
Correlates of rate heterogeneity in avian ecomorphological traits
(Read about it: Ecology Letters)

8/20
Incubation period of Troodon formosus
(Read about it: DML)

Swimming kinematics and turning strategies in Gavia immer
(Read about it: Journal of Experimental Biology)

Evolution of egg shape in avians
(Read about it: Ibis)

8/18
Relatedness within and between leks of Manacus vitellinus differ between sexes and age classes
(Read about it: Behavioral Ecology)

8/17
Evidence of globuli ossei in Delphinornis arctowskii
(Read about it: Historical Biology)

8/16
Impacts of Hurricane Matthew on the demography of Haematopus palliatus
(Read about it: Ecosphere)

8/15
Migration strategies of Clanga clanga x Clanga pomarina hybrids
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

8/13
In Taeniopygia guttata, learning auditory discriminations from observation is efficient but less robust than learning from experience
(Read about it: Nature Communications)

Phasianus colchicus slow to reverse a learned association survive for longer in the wild
(Read about it: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B)

Stress hormones, social associations and song learning in Taeniopygia guttata
(Read about it: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B)

Heritabilities and co-variation among cognitive traits in Gallus gallus
(Read about it: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B)

Local extinctions of avians on Tristan da Cunha
(Read about it: Journal of Ornithology)

Breakdown of brain–body allometry and the encephalization of avians (and mammals)
(Read about it: Nature Ecology and Evolution)

Rufous Cuculus canorus chicks are not always female
(Read about it: Journal of Ornithology)

Genomic population structure aligns with vocal dialects in Probosciger aterrimus
(Read about it: Emu)

Effects of temperature on the timing of breeding and molt transitions in Haemorhous mexicanus
(Read about it: Journal of Experimental Biology)

8/10
Review of the relationship between latitude, migration, and avian song complexity
(Read about it: Ibis)

Endocranial anatomy of oviraptorosaurs
(Read about it: DML)

8/9
Male Thryophilus rufalbus use duets and physical behaviours to guard mates
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

8/8
Characterizing partial migration of Corvus brachyrhynchos
(Read about it: All About Birds)

Non-passeriform avians from the Pleistocene of northeast Japan
(Read about it: Acta Palaeontologica Polonica)

Morphological variation in Gallus gallus domesticus
(Read about it: Royal Society Open Science)

Signatures of human-commensalism in the genome of Passer domesticus
(Read about it: Audubon News, Science News)

8/7
Genetic map of the Struthio camelus Z chromosome
(Read about it: Genome Biology and Evolution)

8/6
Genomic and plumage variation in a hybrid zone between Platycercus adscitus and Platycercus eximius
(Read about it: Heredity)

8/4
New avialan Yangavis confucii
(Read about it: DML)

8/3
Association of therizinosaur and hadrosaur tracks in the Cantwell
(Read about it: DML)

Food diversity of Psittacus timneh in the Bijagós archipelago
(Read about it: African Journal of Ecology)

Quantitative genetics in Myiopsitta monachus
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

8/2
Malurus cyaneus learn to recognize heterospecific alarm calls by acoustic association
(Read about it: Current Biology)

8/1
Categorical perception of color signals in Taeniopygia guttata
(Read about it: Nature)

Habitat associations and abundance of Loxia sinesciuris
(Read about it: The Condor)

Combined measurements of prey availability explain habitat selection in marine avians
(Read about it: Biology Letters)

Role of Amazonian rivers in the generation and maintenance of avian diversity
(Read about it: Science Advances)

Genome assembly of Corvus hawaiiensis
(Read about it: Nature Research Highlights)

Evidence for sexual conflict over major histocompatibility complex diversity in Acrocephalus arundinaceus
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

7/31
Basicranial soft tissue anatomy of Nothronychus mckinleyi
(Read about it: DML)

Gating-related activity in a syringeal muscle allows the reconstruction of Taeniopygia guttata song
(Read about it: Chaos)

7/28
Sex‐biased gene expression in Ficedula albicollis
(Read about it: Molecular Ecology)

7/27
Previously unrecognized vascular trait of the middle ear in cold-adapted oscines
(Read about it: Journal of Ornithology)

7/26
Increased egg–nest visual contrast does not induce egg ejection in Sayornis phoebe
(Read about it: Journal of Comparative Psychology)

7/25
Plumage manipulation in Zonotrichia atricapilla only fools unfamiliar individuals
(Read about it: Ecology Letters)

Only natural local odours allow homeward orientation in Columba livia
(Read about it: Journal of Comparative Physiology A)

Coping with compliance during take-off and landing in Geopelia cuneata
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

New avialan Pandion pannonicus
(Read about it: Ornis Hungarica)

7/24
Coraciiform from the London Clay
(Read about it: DML)

7/22
Review of limb development in Gallus gallus
(Read about it: Genesis)

7/20
Comparative morphology of the avian maxillary bone
(Read about it: DML)

7/19
Morphological analysis of avian egg shape in the context of displacement dynamics
(Read about it: Journal of Experimental Biology)

7/18
Recovery from stress response in Tachycineta bicolor
(Read about it: Biology Letters)

7/17
Genetic drivers of plumage pattern diversity in Columba livia
(Read about it: eLife)

Solar-positional and behavioral effects on color appearance in Calypte costae during courtship
(Read about it: Ecology Letters)

Evidence for mtDNA capture in the Galbula leucogastra/chalcothorax species complex
(Read about it: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution)

Sperm head morphology is associated with sperm swimming speed in passeridans
(Read about it: Evolution)

7/16
Tactile interactions between Corvus brachyrhynchos and dead conspecifics
(Read about it: Corvid Research, The Atlantic, Audubon News)

Multiple introgression events among Andean Spinus
(Read about it: Molecular Ecology)

7/15
Review of factors correlated with diet in Neotropical psittaciforms
(Read about it: Ibis)

7/13
Leaf-slicing behavior in Pionus menstruus as selective insectivory
(Read about it: The Wilson Journal of Ornithology)

7/11
Melanerpes formicivorus recognize associations between individuals in other groups
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Brief acute glucocorticoid exposure has sustained effects on reproduction in Tachycineta bicolor
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Phalacrocorax perspicillatus was a relict
(Read about it: Audubon News)

Environmental drivers of Tyrannus migration
(Read about it: The Auk)

Phylogeny of Chaetura
(Read about it: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution)

Variance in glucocorticoid hormones and speciation rates in avians
(Read about it: Integrative and Comparative Biology)

Evidence of sociality in the timing and location of foraging in Morus serrator
(Read about it: Biology Letters)

7/10
Large dromaeosaurid tooth from the Tar Heel
(Read about it: DML)

7/9
New avialan Cinclosoma elachum
(Read about it: DML)

Large Eudromia from the late Pleistocene of Argentina
(Read about it: DML)

Visual discrimination of polymorphic nestlings in Gerygone flavolateralis
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

7/6
Fossilized eggshell cuticle from alvarezsaurids and oviraptorids
(Read about it: DML)

7/4
Understanding the agility of running avians
(Read about it: DML)

7/3
Avians from the late Pleistocene of Basque Country
(Read about it: Historical Biology)

Interspecific aggression directed by Corvus brachyrhynchos and Corvus caurinus toward Corvus corax
(Read about it: All About Birds)

Genetic mating system of Morus serrator
(Read about it: The Wilson Journal of Ornithology)

Coordinated misdirection as an anti-nest predation behavior in Neotropical avians
(Read about it: The Wilson Journal of Ornithology)

7/2
Year‐round movements of sympatric Oceanodroma furcata and Oceanodroma leucorhoa
(Read about it: Journal of Field Ornithology)

Convergent evolution in brain circuits in psittaciforms and primates
(Read about it: DML)

Host species determines egg size in Cuculus optatus
(Read about it: Journal of Zoology)

6/29
Flight altitude and stopover elevation in migrating Acrocephalus arundinaceus and Lanius collurio
(Read about it: Journal of Avian Biology)

6/28
Mental template matching as a potential cultural transmission mechanism for tool manufacturing traditions in Corvus moneduloides
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

6/27
Genetic structure of Passerina ciris
(Read about it: Ibis)

New avialan Pelecanoides whenuahouensis
(Read about it: Audubon News)

Conventional and molecular analysis of the diet of Pygoscelis papua
(Read about it: Polar Biology)

6/26
High level of self-control ability in Parus major
(Read about it: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology)

6/25
Phylogenetic position of Foro panarium
(Read about it: DML)

New avialan Zygodactylus grandei
(Read about it: DML)

Sexual segregation by space and time in Phasianus colchicus
(Read about it: Ibis)

Gait alterations associated with domestication in Meleagris gallopavo
(Read about it: Journal of Experimental Biology)

6/22
Evolution of vocal mimicry in oscines
(Read about it: DML)

6/21
Time‐selected last leg of migration in Ficedula albicollis
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

6/20
Age and performance at fledging are cause and consequence of passeriform juvenile mortality between life stages
(Read about it: Science News, Audubon News)

Cultural conformity generates extremely stable traditions in song of Melospiza georgiana
(Read about it: Audubon News)

Cranial morphology of Sinovenator changii
(Read about it: DML)

Evolution of a mobile tongue in avialans and other ornithodirans
(Read about it: Laelaps)

New avialan Dicrurus occidentalis
(Read about it: Zootaxa)

6/19
Species-specific auditory forebrain responses to non-learned vocalizations in juvenile Agelaius phoeniceus
(Read about it: Brain, Behavior, and Evolution)

Georeferenced sighting and specimen occurrence data of Conuropsis carolinensis from 1564-1944
(Read about it: Biodiversity Data Journal)

6/18
Tempo and timing of ecological trait divergence in avian speciation
(Read about it: Nature Ecology and Evolution)

Macroecological dynamics of species coexistence in avians
(Read about it: Nature Ecology and Evolution)

Review of avian prenatal auditory stimulation
(Read about it: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology)

6/15
Perceptual and chemical bases of egg discrimination in Crotophaga major
(Read about it: Journal of Avian Biology)

6/14
Transgressive phenotypes and evidence of weak postzygotic isolation in Sporophila hybrids
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

6/13
Ontogeny of the avian tail
(Read about it: DML)

Evidence of genetic structure in Vultur gryphus
(Read about it: Diversity and Distributions)

Individual repeatability and heritability of divorce in Melospiza melodia
(Read about it: Biology Letters)

6/12
Phylogeny of Antilophia and Chiroxiphia
(Read about it: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution)

6/11
Experimental subaqueous burial of avian carcasses
(Read about it: DML)

6/9
Review of evidence for cultural evolution in avians
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

6/6
Genomic data distinguish Colaptes auratus taxa despite low levels of divergence
(Read about it: All About Birds)

Ontogeny of foraging behavior of Morus bassanus
(Read about it: Journal of the Royal Society Interface)

Recognition of nestlings by Gerygone magnirostris selects for mimetic chicks in Chalcites minutillus
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

6/4
High-altitude colonization in Oxyura jamaicensis
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

6/3
Avialan egg from the Allen
(Read about it: DML)

Hindlimb bone maturation in Rhea americana
(Read about it: DML)

6/2
Mitochondrial divergence between Otis tarda dybowskii and Otis tarda tarda
(Read about it: Journal of Heredity)

5/31
Picid drumming behavior linked to elevated expression of genes that encode calcium handling proteins in neck musculature
(Read about it: Journal of Experimental Biology)

Homoplasy-free numt insertions in avian genomes
(Read about it: Molecular Biology and Evolution)

5/30
Taxonomic revision of confuciusornithiforms
(Read about it: The Theropod Database Blog)

Male age associated with extra-pair paternity but not extra-pair mating behavior in Passer domesticus
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

Taxonomic status of Buteo jamaicensis harlani
(Read about it: Zootaxa)

5/29
Survey of bony cranial protuberances in avians
(Read about it: DML)

5/28
Redescription of Hulsanpes perlei
(Read about it: Theropoda)

Bent feathers recover shape and strength in water
(Read about it: New Scientist)

5/25
Collective migratory patterns in Ciconia ciconia
(Read about it: Science)

Preserved skin ultrastructure in Cretaceous maniraptors
(Read about it: Lost Worlds Revisited)

Developmental constraints in avian coloration
(Read about it: Trends in Ecology and Evolution)

New avialan Panraogallus hezhengensis
(Read about it: DML)

5/24
Global deforestation at the K-Pg as factor in differential survival in Cretaceous avialans
(Read about it: The Atlantic, Audubon News, All About Birds, Science News, Nature Research Highlights)

Morphogenesis and development of feathers in Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
(Read about it: BMC Genomics)

5/23
Extreme drought alters frequency and reproductive success in Empidonax traillii extimus floaters
(Read about it: The Auk)

Ligamentous constraints on avian hip mobility
(Read about it: DML)

Tooth loss as a possible adaptation for shortened incubation times in maniraptors and other dinosaurs
(Read about it: DML)

Age‐related changes in the gut microbiota of Passer domesticus nestlings
(Read about it: Ibis)

5/22
Scaling of avian bipedal locomotion
(Read about it: DML)

Fear‐based niche shifts in neotropical avians
(Read about it: Ecology)

Optimal propagule size for Passer domesticus in a fluctuating environment
(Read about it: Journal of Avian Biology)

5/18
Song recognition and heterospecific associations between Malurus lamberti and Malurus splendens
(Read about it: Behavioral Ecology)

Behavioral isolation and incipient speciation in avians
(Read about it: Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics)

Visual field shape and foraging ecology in raptorial avians
(Read about it: Journal of Experimental Biology)

5/16
Incubation behavior of oviraptorosaurs in relation to body size
(Read about it: Nature Research Highlights)

Body temperatures of breeding Poecile palustris reach nearly lethal levels
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Multimodal sensory configuration influences mate choice in female Molothrus ater
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Choreography of song and dance in Psarocolius montezuma
(Read about it: Audubon News)

Habitat use by Porzana carolina during fall migration
(Read about it: Royal Society Open Science)

5/15
Inbreeding depression does not fully explain infidelity in Malurus cyaneus
(Read about it: Evolution)

Relative salience of syllable structure and syllable order in the song of Taeniopygia guttata
(Read about it: Animal Cognition)

5/14
Evolution of nest characters in avians
(Read about it: Nature Communications)

5/10
Breeding plumage as a reliable signal of innate immunity in Limosa limosa
(Read about it: Journal of Avian Biology)

5/9
Biogeographic origins of geospizins
(Read about it: Lost Worlds Revisited)

Caller characteristics influence recruitment to mobbing events in Corvus monedula
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

Synchronisation of parental behaviors reduces the risk of nest predation in Sylvia atricapilla
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

5/8
Comparison of Bambusicola thoracicus and Gallus gallus genomes
(Read about it: BMC Genomics)

Development of activity rates in Spiza americana
(Read about it: Behaviour)

5/7
Energy efficiency drives avian migration
(Read about it: Nature Ecology and Evolution)

How body mass and winds shape avian flight behaviors across a North American migratory flyway
(Read about it: Ecology Letters)

New avialan Vanellus liffyae
(Read about it: Emu)

Male and female signaling behavior varies seasonally during territorial interactions in Basileuterus rufifrons
(Read about it: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology)

5/5
Extinct megapodes as builders of gravel mounds in inland Australia
(Read about it: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences)

5/3
Assembly of the avian body plan
(Read about it: DML)

5/2
Complete skull of Ichthyornis dispar
(Read about it: Science News)

Difference in avian responses to Cuculus parasitism in western and eastern Beringia
(Read about it: Journal of Field Ornithology)

Epigenetic regulation of transcriptional plasticity associated with developmental song learning in Taeniopygia guttata
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Widespread movements from breeding to molting grounds in North American avians
(Read about it: Audubon News)

5/1
Genetics of social behavior in Gallus gallus
(Read about it: Genetics)

4/28
Avians from the late Pleistocene of Azerbaijan
(Read about it: Vestnik Zoologii)

4/27
Genomic insights into aquatic adaptation in Gavia immer
(Read about it: BMC Evolutionary Biology)

4/26
New specimen of Citipati osmolskae
(Read about it: DML)

Feeding mechanics of predatory coelurosaurs (including maniraptors)
(Read about it: Pseudoplocephalus, Laelaps)

Fraternal polyandry and clannish spatial organization in Rhynochetos jubatus
(Read about it: Nature Research Highlights)

4/25
Demographic causes of adult sex ratio variation and consequences for parental cooperation in Charadrius
(Read about it: Nature Communications)

Biological responses of Aethia cristatella and Aethia pusilla to volcanic destruction of nesting habitat
(Read about it: The Auk)

Areas of endemism of trochilids in the Andean and Neotropical regions
(Read about it: Zoologia)

Group size but not whole-clutch egg color contributes to ovicide in Crotophaga ani
(Read about it: The Wilson Journal of Ornithology)

4/23
Potential for local adaptation in Passer italiae
(Read about it: The American Naturalist)

Morphometrics of skull shape in accipitrids
(Read about it: DML)

4/20
Redescription of Madrynornis mirandus
(Read about it: DML)

4/19
Sandcoleids from the Messel
(Read about it: DML)

Characteristics determining host suitability for Cuculus canorus
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

4/18
Rise and fall of an ancient Pygoscelis adeliae supercolony
(Read about it: Royal Society Open Science)

Dinornithiforms did not disperse large seeds
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Trade-off between molt and parental care in Setophaga citrina
(Read about it: The Auk)

Thick eggshells of Molothrus protect their eggs and damage host eggs during laying
(Read about it: Science News)

4/17
Evolutionary history of Meleagris gallopavo in Mexico
(Read about it: Genetics Selection Evolution)

4/16
Courtship display of Lophorina niedda
(Read about it: Audubon News, All About Birds)

4/15
Evolution of male and female songs in Thryophilus rufalbus
(Read about it: Journal of Evolutionary Biology)

4/12
Strategic acoustic control of courtship dive in male Calypte costae
(Read about it: The Atlantic, Nature News)

Stooping at high speed increases maneuverability in Falco peregrinus
(Read about it: Science News, Audubon News)

Genetic structure of European breeding populations of Emberiza hortulana
(Read about it: Conservation Genetics)

Habitat preference and dive behavior of non‑breeding Aptenodytes forsteri
(Read about it: Marine Ecology Progress Series)

4/11
New avialan Rallus gracilipes
(Read about it: Zootaxa)

Evolution of display complexity in paradisaeids
(Read about it: Journal of Animal Ecology)

Stable social relationships between unrelated females increase individual fitness in Crotophaga major
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Mesotocin influences Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus prosociality
(Read about it: Biology Letters)

4/9
Cranial morphology of Confuciusornis sanctus
(Read about it: DML)

Multiple parallel deinonychosaur trackways from the Tianjialou
(Read abut it: DML)

Evolution of immunity in relation to colonization and migration in passeriforms
(Read about it: Nature Ecology and Evolution)

4/6
Diversification dynamics of Neotropical furnariids
(Read about it: Evolution)

4/5
Enantiornithine coracoids from the Late Cretaceous of Uzbekistan
(Read about it: DML)

4/4
Genetic diversity and drivers of dwarfism in extinct island Dromaius populations
(Read about it: Biology Letters)

Phylogeny of neoavians
(Read about it: DML)

Pleistocene land bridges act as semipermeable agents of passeriform gene flow in Wallacea
(Read about it: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution)

4/3
Teeth account for negligible proportion of body mass in Mesozoic avialans
(Read about it: DML)

Colour polymorphism in strigiforms linked to light variability
(Read about it: Oecologia)

4/2
Eggshell pigmentation predicts hatching success and offspring sex ratio in Hirundo rustica rustica
(Read about it: Journal of Avian Biology)

Within‐clutch variance in incubation temperature of Aix sponsa eggs
(Read about it: Journal of Avian Biology)

3/30
The Rocky Mountains as a dispersal barrier between Tyto alba populations
(Read about it: Journal of Biogeography)

Nanostructure, osteopontin, and mechanical properties of avian eggshell
(Read about it: Science Advances)

Interspecific competition promotes habitat and morphological divergence in Luscinia luscinia and Luscinia megarhynchos
(Read about it: Journal of Evolutionary Biology)

3/28
Expression patterns of cryptochrome genes in avian retina suggest involvement of Cry4 in magnetoreception
(Read about it: Journal of the Royal Society Interface)

3/26
Postcranial anatomy of Buitreraptor gonzalezorum
(Read about it: DML)

Hybrids between Poecile atricapillus and Poecile carolinensis are deficient in learning and memory
(Read about it: Audubon News)

3/24
New avialan Proardea? deschutteri
(Read about it: DML)

Dietary preferences of Platalea leucorodia leucorodia in the Wadden Sea
(Read about it: Journal of Ornithology)

3/22
New oviraptorosaur Anomalipes zhaoi
(Read about it: Theropoda)

Melanin coloration variation in relation to sex and sunlight exposure in Gyps fulvus
(Read about it: The American Naturalist)

3/21
Temporal variation in the effects of individual and environmental factors on nest success in Melospiza melodia
(Read about it: The Auk)

Avians from the Pleistocene of the Bahamas
(Read about it: The Auk)

3/20
Benefits of delayed dispersal in Turdoides bicolor
(Read about it: Journal of Animal Ecology)

3/15
Genetic structure and helping decisions in Aegithalos caudatus
(Read about it: Molecular Ecology)

Validity of "Pogoniulus makawai"
(Read about it: Ibis)

3/14
Energy allocation and behaviour in growing Gallus gallus domesticus
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

Divergence in problem-solving skills associated with differential expression of glutamate receptors in thraupids
(Read about it: Science)

Dietary habits of Mesozoic avialans
(Read about it: DML)

Diurnal mass gain and foraging strategies in wintering Parus major
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

3/13
Wing bone geometry supports active flapping flight in Archaeopteryx
(Read about it: DML)

Corvus corax food calls indicate sender’s age and sex
(Read about it: Frontiers in Zoology)

3/11
Phylogeny of tytonids
(Read about it: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution)

3/10
New avialan Kischinskinia scandens
(Read about it: Paleontological Journal)

3/9
Diversification of Myiothlypis coronata along the Andes
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

Nest defense intensity in Lanius collurio
(Read about it: Journal of Avian Biology)

3/8
Three-dimensional orientation of vascular canals and cross-sectional geometry of cortical bone in avians
(Read about it: Journal of Anatomy)

Mating system in Gerygone flavolateralis in relation to brood parasitism by Chalcites lucidus
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

3/7
Age effects on survival of Amazon forest avians
(Read about it: The Auk)

Morphologically cryptic Amazonian avian species pairs exhibit strong postzygotic reproductive isolation
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Variation in avian egg shape and nest structure explained by climatic conditions
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

3/5
New juvenile enantiornithine specimen
(Read about it: DML)

Evidence of salt glands in Iteravis huchzermeyeri
(Read about it: DML)

Florisuga fusca vocalize above known avian hearing range
(Read about it: Current Biology)

Identification of archaeological avian eggshell using peptide markers
(Read about it: STAR)

3/3
Annual cycle of Chordeiles minor
(Read about it: Canadian Journal of Zoology)

3/2
Genomic evidence of speciation reversal in Corvus corax
(Read about it: Nature Communications)

3/1
Early social experience alters transcriptomic responses to species-specific song stimuli in female Taeniopygia guttata
(Read about it: Behavioural Brain Research)

New alvarezsaur Qiupanykus zhangi
(Read about it: Theropoda)

2/28
Phalangeal joints kinematics in Struthio camelus during locomotion on sand
(Read about it: DML)

2/27
New avialans Litorallus livezeyi and Priscaweka parvales
(Read about it: DML)

Inferred egg size of Mesozoic avialans suggests absence of contact incubation
(Read about it: DML)

Body size reduction in Rhynochetos jubatus following colonization of New Caledonia by Homo sapiens
(Read about it: DML)

Phylogenetic position of Ara tricolor
(Read about it: Ibis)

2/26
Avians from the Paleocene of France
(Read about it: DML)

Relationship of beak bone curvature and overlying rhinotheca morphology in avians and other beaked amniotes
(Read about it: DML)

2/22
New avialan Chenoanas asiatica
(Read about it: DML)

Avian fossil assemblages from the Pleistocene of the Rio Secco Cave
(Read about it: DML)

2/21
Flight style of Concornis lacustris and Eoalulavis hoyasi
(Read about it: DML)

Taxonomic composition and phylogenetic affinities of Vegaviidae
(Read about it: DML)

Influence of speed and size on avian terrestrial locomotion
(Read about it: DML)

Review of the status of Phoenicopterus ruber in Florida
(Read about it: The Condor)

Chromosomal diversity of tyrannids
(Read about it: Cytogenetic and Genome Research)

Picid drumming reveals how sexual selection elaborates signals that are under constraint
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Global elevational diversity of avians
(Read about it: Nature)

New avialan Newtonia lavarambo
(Read about it: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution)

2/19
Function of mimicry of Picoides villosus by Picoides pubescens
(Read about it: Audubon News)

Phylogenetic and skeletal distribution of medullary bone in avians
(Read about it: DML)

Courtship and copulation in Larus glaucescens
(Read about it: The Wilson Journal of Ornithology)

Infanticide in Spiza americana
(Read about it: The Wilson Journal of Ornithology)

2/17
Avians from the Pleistocene of Olduvai Gorge
(Read about it: Journal of Human Evolution)

2/16
New avialans Muriwaimanu tuatahi and Sequiwaimanu rosieae
(Read about it: DML)

Buphagus africana roost on mammalian hosts
(Read about it: African Journal of Ecology)

Novel visual fixation strategy in Sturnus vulgaris
(Read about it: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology)

A three-legged specimen of Spheniscus demersus
(Read about it: Marine Ornithology)

2/15
Neocortical association cell types in the forebrain of avians and other archosaurs
(Read about it: DML)

2/14
Social rank associated with spatial learning performance in Phasianus colchicus
(Read about it: Royal Society Open Science)

Troodont eggshell from the Horseshoe Canyon
(Read about it: DML)

Variation in the brightness of white feathers
(Read about it: The Science of Nature)

Sex chromosomes and speciation in avians
(Read about it: Molecular Ecology)

2/13
Phylogenetic variation in avian heat tolerance
(Read about it: Journal of Experimental Biology)

Thermoregulation in Australian psittaciforms
(Read about it: Journal of Experimental Biology)

Rapid effects of estradiol on aggression depend on genotype in Zonotrichia albicollis
(Read about it: Hormones and Behavior)

Evolution of the CYP2J19 gene in avians
(Read about it: BMC Evolutionary Biology)

2/12
Coprolites of dinornithiforms and Strigops habroptila
(Read about it: Science News, Lost Worlds Revisited)

Long-term change in the trophic ecology of Antrostomus vociferus
(Read about it: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution)

2/9
Maneuverability of trochilids
(Read about it: Science)

New specimens of Anchiornis huxleyi
(Read about it: DML)

2/7
Cognitive performance is linked to group size in Gymnorhina tibicen
(Read about it: Nature)

Vocal individuality in drumming in great spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos major
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

2/6
Color change in a structural ornament is related to individual quality in Cyanistes caeruleus
(Read about it: The Science of Nature)

Community assembly of passeriforms in the Ailao Mountains
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

Avian eggshells from the El Collado Sandstone and Clay
(Read about it: DML)

2/5
No evidence that carotenoids boost immune or antioxidant defenses in Serinus canaria
(Read about it: Nature Communications)

2/2
Tau accumulations in the brains of picids
(Read about it: Science News, Audubon News)

2/1
Anser anser adjust heart rates and body temperatures to season and reproductive context
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

1/31
New avialan Eogranivora edentulata
(Read about it: DML)

Juvenile enantiornithine preserved in amber
(Read about it: DML)

Mechanical power curve measured in the wake of Ficedula hypoleuca
(Read about it: Journal of the Royal Society Interface)

Spatial memory important for territorial ownership in Phaethornis longirostris
(Read about it: All About Birds)

1/30
Retention of flight-related adaptations in the avian finger-joint complex of Struthio camelus
(Read about it: DML)

1/29
Alarm calls evoke a visual search image of a predator in Parus minor
(Read about it: New Scientist)

1/26
New specimen of Archaeopteryx
(Read about it: Lost Worlds Revisited)

1/25
Sturnus vulgaris use acute vision to check on predators but not on conspecifics
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

1/24
Testing social learning of anti-predator responses in juvenile Corvus monedula
(Read about it: Royal Society Open Science)

1/23
Maternal programming of offspring antipredator behavior in Larus michahellis
(Read about it: Audubon News)

1/22
Hook innovation boosts foraging efficiency in Corvus moneduloides
(Read about it: Nature Ecology and Evolution)

1/17
Population genetics of an island invasion by Cettia diphone
(Read about it: The Auk)

Predictors and consequences of nest-switching behavior in Hirundo rustica erythrogaster
(Read about it: The Auk)

Rapid expansion and diversification of fluvicolines
(Read about it: Journal of Avian Biology)

1/16
Development of flight feathers
(Read about it: Zoological Letters)

1/15
New basal paravian Caihong juji
(Read about it: Laelaps, Audubon News)

Rate of telomere loss related to maximum lifespan in avians
(Read about it: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B)

Variation and constraints in Passer italiae hybrid genome formation
(Read about it: Nature Ecology and Evolution)

1/13
Ecological drivers of song evolution in avians
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

1/11
Climate not the main determinant of geographic range in North American avians
(Read about it: Global Ecology and Biogeography)

1/10
Bone histology of Mesozoic paravians
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

Reevaluation of dentary strutures of caenagnathids
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

Genomic islands of differentiation in Luscinia luscinia and Luscinia megarhynchos
(Read about it: Molecular Ecology)

1/9
Night diving by Aptenodytes forsteri during breeding period
(Read about it: Journal of Experimental Biology)

Structural absorption by barbule microstructures of black paradisaeid feathers
(Read about it: The Atlantic, Audubon News)

1/6
Three-dimensional kinematics of avian take-off
(Read about it: The Science of Nature)

1/5
Hindlimb morphometrics of hesperornithines compared to extant diving avians
(Read about it: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology)

Egg features that predict egg rejection in Turdus migratorius
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

1/4
Avialan fossils of the Cretaceous of Korea
(Read about it: DML)

Possible role of Cry4 in magnetoreception for Erithacus rubecula
(Read about it: Current Biology)

1/3
Intra-tropical movements as a beneficial strategy for migrating Acrocephalus arundinaceus
(Read about it: Royal Society Open Science)

Lowering prolactin reduces parental care in Taeniopygia guttata
(Read about it: Hormones and Behavior)

14 comments:

  1. "Avialian status of Gargantuavis philoinos confirmed"

    Was there ever any doubt about this?

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  2. It appears that some suggested it may have been a pterosaur at one point.

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  3. "Unenlagiines may be avialians after all"

    Spinosaurian avialians = Crazy Awesome.

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  4. "New species of Jeholornis J. palmapenis"

    Great. Another name to add to the list of pervosaurs. Stand aside Pedopenna and Erectopus. -_-

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  5. "Unenlagiines may be avialians after all"

    Isn't the same true for microraptorines & troodontids?

    SpongeBobFossilPants/Spinosegnosaurus77

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    1. It is possible, though I don't know of any recent studies specifically tackling the possibility of those.

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  6. "Review of Jurassic maniraptors (and other coelurosaurs) with new, yet-to-be-analyzed hypothesis on phylogeny"

    Care to explain? The Dinosaur Tracking link is dead; the Theropoda link is unintelligible even when translated.

    Spinosegnosaurus77/SpongeBobFossilPants

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    1. http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/dinosaur/2010/10/tracking-the-emergence-of-birds/

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  7. Could you add an option to view news by category (Therizinosaurs, Alvarezsauroids, Oviraptorosaurs, Deinonychosaurs, Avialians & All)?

    Spinosegnosaurus77/SpongeBobFossilPants

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    1. I don't think I can add such a function to the page itself (unless I do it by HTML, which I don't know how to). I could try making new pages and linking to them on this main page, though I'm not sure if I'd want to.

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  8. Will you mention the Unquillosaurus news?

    Spinosegnosaurus77/SpongeBobFossilPants

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    1. Probably not, as that's not something that paper was focused on.

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  9. What, no mention of Erlikosaurus' bite force?

    Spinosegnosaurus77/SpongeBobFossilPants

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    1. I'm not always punctual in updating this page, and I was waiting for the DML archives to update.

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