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.

2020
2/21
Pleistocene Eremophila alpestris preserved in permafrost
(Read about it: Communications Biology)

Individual variation in migratory behavior in Haematopus ostralegus
(Read about it: Behavioral Ecology)

New avialans Scytalopus frankeae, Scytalopus krabbei, and Scytalopus whitneyi
(Read about it: The Auk)

2/19
Diversity of island avians
(Read about it: Nature)

Social learning in parids reduces attacks on aposematic prey
(Read about it: New Scientist)

2/18
Reconstruction of global avian migration through time
(Read about it: Nature Communications)

2/17
Neutral genetic differentiation and diversity in Regulus satrapa
(Read about it: Journal of Ornithology)

New specimen Chirostenotes pergracilis
(Read about it: DML)

2/16
Suspected kidnapping in Bucorvus leadbeateri
(Read about it: Ostrich)

2/15
Ficedula albicollis use song quality of Parus major as social information for settlement decisions
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

2/14
Nestling Cuculus canorus do not mimic begging calls of Acrocephalus
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

Effect of riverine barriers in avian divergence in the Del Plata basin
(Read about it: Molecular Ecology)

Generation times of avians
(Read about it: Conservation Biology)

2/12
Nonbreeding avian foraging behavior and its impact on mixed-species flocking
(Read about it: The Auk)

Evolution of hoods in larids
(Read about it: Journal of Evolutionary Ecology)

Wind conditions influence breeding season movements in Calidris melanotos
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

2/11
Disassociated feathers preserved in Late Cretaceous Burmese amber
(Read about it: DML)

Nomenclature of Lophorina
(Read about it: Zootaxa)

Evolution of plumage coloration in the Petroica multicolor species complex
(Read about it: Journal of Avian Biology)

2/10
Geographic variation in the songs of the Arremonops rufivirgatus species complex
(Read about it: Journal of Field Ornithology)

High aerodynamic lift from the tail reduces drag in gliding raptorial avians
(Read about it: DML)

2/9
Shape and thickness of Pinguinus impennis eggs
(Read about it: Ibis)

Experimentally increased brood size accelerates actuarial senescence in Coloeus monedula
(Read about it: Journal of Animal Ecology)

2/7
Phylogeny of rallids
(Read about it: Diversity)

Cryptic hybridization between Corvus brachyrhynchos and Corvus caurinus
(Read about it: Molecular Ecology)

Genetic differentiation between Perisoreus infaustus and Perisoreus internigrans
(Read about it: Conservation Genetics)

2/6
Convergence between syrinxes of trochilids and oscines
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

2/5
Vocalizations of Spheniscus demersus conform to linguistic laws
(Read about it: Biology Letters)

Inferring paravian lifestyles from claw curvature
(Read about it: DML)

Differential locomotor and predatory strategies in dromaeosaurids
(Read about it: DML)

Experimental taphonomy of feathers
(Read about it: DML)

2/4
Avialan wing preserved in amber
(Read about it: DML)

2/3
Consequences of craniofacial integration for adaptive radiations of drepanidins and geospizins
(Read about it: Nature Ecology and Evolution)

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

Phylogeny of Ramphotrigon
(Read about it: Journal of Avian Biology)

Breeding Pelecanus occidentalis improve foraging performance as energetic needs rise
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

Development of the corticosterone stress response in passeriforms
(Read about it: General and Comparative Endocrinology)

2/1
Genome of Eremophila alpestris
(Read about it: Genes, Genomes, Genetics)

1/30
Review of avian paleoneurology
(Read about it: DML)

1/28
Metabolic rate negatively linked to adult survival but does not explain latitudinal differences in oscines
(Read about it: Ecology Letters)

1/27
Sitta canadensis vary alarm calls based on the source of eavesdropped signals
(Read about it: Nature Communications)

1/26
Sphenisciform wing from the Waipara Greensand
(Read about it: DML)

1/23
Reversible outer toe in Haliaeetus humilis and Haliaeetus ichthyaetus
(Read about it: Ibis)

Color variation and taxonomy of Picumnus limae and Picumnus fulvescens
(Read about it: Journal of Ornithology)

Broad‐scale patterns of Afro‐Palaearctic avian migration
(Read about it: Global Ecology and Biogeography)

Ontogeny of the pelvis in Rhea americana
(Read about it: DML)

1/22
Phylogeny of Turdus
(Read about it: DML)

Review of the diversification of Tetraogallus
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

1/21
Rates of ecomorphological trait evolution in passeriforms
(Read about it: DML)

1/20
Marine avians from the Pleistocene of Japan
(Read about it: DML)

Pelagornithids from the Eocene of Antarctica
(Read about it: DML)

1/17
How flight feathers stick together to form a continuously morphing wing
(Read about it: DML)

Brain structure volumes of extinct avialans
(Read about it: DML)

Systematics of the Sylvia cantillans species complex
(Read about it: Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society)

Behavioral patterns of parasitic egg rejection in Phoenicurus phoenicurus
(Read about it: Vision Research)

Signature of adaptive evolution in olfactory receptor genes in Calonectris borealis
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

Confirmation of hybridization between Pipra aureola and Pipra fasciicauda
(Read about it: Journal of Ornithology)

1/16
Life history shifts in avians from Rancho La Brea
(Read about it: DML)

Probability of incubation by male Hirundo rustica gutturalis increases with plasma testosterone level
(Read about it: Ibis)

1/15
New dromaeosaurid Wulong bohaiensis
(Read about it: DML)

Fossilized skin from Palaeeudyptes gunnari
(Read about it: Laelaps)

Pterodroma deserta use knowledge of windscape to optimize foraging trips
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

Sexual dichromatism in passeriforms is associated with sperm morphology
(Read about it: Biology Letters)

1/13
Macroevolutionary convergence connects avian morphological form to ecological function
(Read about it: DML)

Phylogeography of Tetraogallus himalayensis and Tetraogallus tibetanus
(Read about it: Avian Research)

Drivers of evolution in Acanthiza
(Read about it: Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research)

1/12
Timing of arrival in breeding area is repeatable and affects reproductive success in Cyanistes caeruleus
(Read about it: Journal of Animal Ecology)

1/11
"Gekkotan" eggshell from the Late Cretaceous of Europe reinterpreted as maniraptoran in origin
(Read about it: DML)

1/10
New avialans Locustella portenta, Myzomela wahe, Phylloscopus emilsalimi, Phylloscopus suaramerdu, and Rhipidura habibiei
(Read about it: Audubon News, New Scientist)

Evolution of trochilid melanosomes
(Read about it: Audubon News, Nature Research Highlights)

1/9
Psittacus erithacus voluntarily help each other obtain food rewards
(Read about it: Science News, Nature Research Highlights, New Scientist)

Avians (and mammals) from the Eocene of Antarctica
(Read about it: DML)

Trophic ecology of Hydrobates castro
(Read about it: Marine Biology)

1/8
Evolutionary stasis in passeriforms from Rancho La Brea
(Read about it: DML)

Evolutionary history of Arremon taciturnus
(Read about it: Ibis)

Fast and slow components of motor learning in Taeniopygia guttata
(Read about it: Nature)

1/7
Male Melospiza georgiana respond less aggressively to songs of older individuals
(Read about it: Audubon News)

1/1
Evolution of avian endothermy
(Read about it: DML)

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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