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.

2019
2/18
New avialan Naranbulagornis khun
(Read about it: DML)

2/15
Phylogenetic position of Aptornis
(Read about it: Diversity)

Origin and biogeography of Turdus
(Read about it: Journal of Ornithology)

Divergent mitochondrial lineages arose within a large, panmictic population of Passerculus sandwichensis
(Read about it: Molecular Ecology)

2/14
Sex-influenced flexible foraging strategy in Fregata magnificens
(Read about it: Marine Ecology Progress Series)

Social learning about construction behavior in Taeniopygia guttata
(Read about it: Animal Cognition)

2/13
Thermoregulatory function of casques in Casuarius casuarius
(Read about it: DML)

Genetic basis of the loss of maternal care in icterids
(Read about it: Genes, Genomes, Genetics)

2/12
Review of paravian phylogeny
(Read about it: DML)

Sex-specific patterns of senescence in Sula granti linked to mating system
(Read about it: Journal of Animal Ecology)

Eocene avians from the Okanagan Highlands
(Read about it: DML)

2/11
Variation in multicomponent recognition cues alters egg rejection decisions in Mimus saturninus
(Read about it: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B)

Population processes driving genetic divergence in Palearctic Buteo
(Read about it: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution)

Plumage coloration follows Gloger's rule in Platycercus elegans
(Read about it: Journal of Biogeography)

2/10
Origin of Circus teauteensis and Hieraaetus moorei
(Read about it: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution)

2/9
Introgression across a Sphyrapicus ruber and Sphyrapicus nuchalis hybrid zone
(Read about it: Molecular Ecology)

2/7
New avialans Eofringillirostrum boudreauxi and Eofringillirostrum parvulum
(Read about it: DML)

New avialan Laurillardia smoleni
(Read about it: Historical Biology)

Corvus moneduloides use mental representations to solve metatool problems
(Read about it: New Scientist)

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

Spatial cognition in Poecile gambeli
(Read about it: Current Biology)

Wintering distribution and habitat use of Setophaga kirtlandii
(Read about it: Endangered Species Research)

2/6
New oviraptorosaur Gobiraptor minutus
(Read about it: DML)

Speciation rate is independent of the rate of morphological evolution in avians
(Read about it: The American Naturalist)

Raw material selectivity in Corvus moneduloides during tool making
(Read about it: DML)

Breeding status influences timing but not duration of molt in Fulmarus glacialis
(Read about it: Ibis)

2/5
New avialan Eudyptes warhami
(Read about it: March of the Fossil Penguins)

Standing genetic variation as the predominant source for adaptation in Sinosuthora webbiana
(Read about it: DML)

2/4
Reevaluation of isolated "Archaeopteryx" feather
(Read about it: DML)

Genetic structure of Henicorhina leucophrys
(Read about it: Biological Journal of the Linnean Society)

2/3
Elevational differentiation accelerates trait evolution but not speciation rates in Amazonian passerines
(Read about it: Ecology Letters)

2/1
Three-dimensional architecture of the pectoral muscles in Sturnus vulgaris
(Read about it: Integrative Organismal Biology)

Presence, activity, and habitat choice of Sarothrura ayresi
(Read about it: Bird Conservation International)

Learning-by-consequence foraging model of Amazona guatemalae
(Read about it: Journal of Ornithology)

1/31
Role of female social feedback in song learning by Taeniopygia guttata
(Read about it: Science News)

Characterization of a fossil feather from the Crato
(Read about it: DML)

Diet of Pterodroma incerta during non-breeding season
(Read about it: Marine Ornithology)

1/30
Feathered enantiornithine foot in amber
(Read about it: Theropoda, Laelaps)

1/29
Mitochondrial genome of Tetrao urogallus
(Read about it: Zootaxa)

1/28
Molecular evolution of feathers in maniraptors
(Read about it: Theropoda)

Genomic regions of speciation and adaptation in tetraonines
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

1/27
Photoluminescence in the bill of Fratercula arctica
(Read about it: Audubon News)

1/24
New avialan Shangyang graciles
(Read about it: DML)

Genomic features potentially involved in the evolution of paradisaeids
(Read about it: GigaScience)

1/23
Conspicuous plumage does not increase predation risk in malurids
(Read about it: The American Naturalist)

Food allocation and feeding behaviors of Spheniscus magellanicus
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

1/21
Multiple parasitism reduces egg rejection of Cuculus canorus by Acrocephalus arundinaceus
(Read about it: Journal of Comparative Psychology)

How the observed color of Tersina viridis changes with viewing geometry
(Read about it: Optik)

1/19
Seasonal differences in immune function better explained by environment than annual cycle stage in Pycnonotus barbatus
(Read about it: Journal of Animal Ecology)

1/18
Functional relations between body mass and risk-taking behavior in Parus major
(Read about it: Behavioral Ecology)

1/17
Phylogeographic variation within Syndactyla rufosuperciliata
(Read about it: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution)

Foraging behavior of juvenile Aptenodytes forsteri
(Read about it: Marine Ecology Progress Series)

Individuality of foraging behavior in Phalacrocorax aristotelis
(Read about it: Marine Ecology Progress Series)

1/16
Diversification of trogonids
(Read about it: Ibis)

Sex-specific effects of testosterone on vocal output in Manacus vitellinus
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

1/15
Cranial osteology of Beipiaosaurus inexpectus
(Read about it: DML)

Phylogeography of Merops apiaster
(Read about it: Diversity)

1/14
Gene flow and genetic divergence across the southwestern range of Certhia familiaris
(Read about it: Biological Journal of the Linnean Society)

1/13
Contrasting divergence across an environmental barrier in Neotropical avians
(Read about it: Molecular Ecology)

1/11
Female Melopsittacus undulatus prefer problem-solving males
(Read about it: Science)

1/9
New avialan Conflicto antarcticus
(Read about it: DML)

Corvus moneduloides infer weight of objects from observing their movements in a breeze
(Read about it: Nature Research Highlights, New Scientist)

Resetting of the annual cycle in Tachycineta bicolor
(Read about it: Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

1/8
Intensity and timing of avian migration over the Gulf of Mexico
(Read about it: Global Change Biology)

1/7
Evolutionary dynamics of hybridization and introgression in Plegadis falcinellus
(Read about it: Molecular Ecology)

1/5
New avialan Zygodactylus ochlurus
(Read about it: DML)

1/4
Feather quality in Riparia riparia
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

Geographic patterns of mtDNA and Z-linked sequence variation in Phylloscopus collybita
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

1/2
Recent advances in understanding trochilid drinking mechanics and bill morphology
(Read about it: Integrative Organismal Biology)

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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