Another raptor-type dinosaur found

raptor-type dinosaurAnother raptor-type dinosaur found.

“’Based on the findings so far, we assume that the dinosaur is something close to a Microraptor or others in the raptor genera,” said Lim Jong-deock, chief curator of the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. “However, it’s uncertain at this stage exactly which type of dinosaur it was, and there is a chance that it is a new type that hasn’t been reported to academia as of yet.’”

“Microraptors are bird-like dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period. They measure between 77 and 90 centimeters (30 and 35 inches), weigh just one or two kilograms (2.2 or 4.4 pounds) and have feathered wings. They were the smallest carnivorous dinosaurs and were believed to have eaten insects or other animals.”

Being a sandpiper

Here’s an interesting article about animal consciousness.

I really liked this bit: “For myself, I’d be happy to see a revival of naturalist language, the sort of charming, unapologetically anthropomorphic descriptions one finds in old field guides, written before the ascendance of the 20th century’s airless, specialist vernacular. It’s a voice heard in The Birds of Essex County, Massachusetts (1905) in which Charles Wendell Townsend described a ‘low, rolling gossipy note’ voiced by semipalmated sandpipers approaching other birds. He waxed eloquent about their courtship, the male ‘pouring forth a succession of musical notes, continuous wavering trill, and ending with a few very sweet notes that recall those of a goldfinch… one may be lucky enough, if near at hand, to hear a low musical cluck from the excited bird. This is, I suppose, the full love flight-song.’ It is the language of a man who cares.”


Birds On The Edge of Extinction

Masked FinfootHundreds of bird species have seen a population decline so rapid, experts believe they could disappear completely anytime.

More than 1300 bird species are facing extinction. For more details see BirdLife International (2012). A new book, The World’s Rarest Birds, contains photos of 800 of these bird species.

To get photos of these rare birds, the editors of the book asked amateur photographers to submit photos to the World’s Rarest Birds Photo Competition. Click this link to see some examples: (Select Photos)

Scientists create a family tree for birds

“The first time scientists have created a family tree for birds…”

“it is hoped the research could help prioritise conservation efforts in a bid to save the most diverse species from extinction.”

Credit: Yale University

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A cool dino bird, Archaeopteryx

This being one of my first posts and the beginning for this blog, I’m going to start by sharing a few photos from my trip to England this summer. I’ll share some photos of the birds I saw over there later, but I’m starting here with Archaeopteryx (say it like this: Ark-ee-op-tur-icks), a 150 million year old bird. This guy has claws or talons on the upper middle of the wings and best of all, teeth.

This is a pretty cool reconstruction of Archaeopteryx, an early prehistoric bird, dating from about 150 million years ago during the Jurassic period. I think there is some evidence now that Archaeopteryx was probably black.

So it turns out that birds are living dinosaurs and dinosaurs like this T-Rex probably had feathers of some sort. Check it out.

The museum has the remains of what was one of the last Dodos and these remains are considered “one of the greatest treasures of the Museum” (Oxford University Museum of Natural History).