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Bird behaviour, the ‘deep time’ perspective

Bird behaviour, the ‘deep time’ perspective

The behaviour of long-extinct animals remains an area of major public and scientific interest the great perennial problem being that were always massively constrained, if not crippled, by a frustrating lack of data.

January 27, 2014 — Darren Naish
The ‘ghosts’ of extinct birds in modern ecosystems

The ‘ghosts’ of extinct birds in modern ecosystems

It needs to be better appreciated that the vast majority of modern ecosystems and communities are broken or, at least, very much incomplete compared to the situation present within very recent geological history: they lack an often significant number of key component species including some, many or all of the so-called keystone species.

December 13, 2013 — Darren Naish

Where did all these Phorusrhacos come from?

If, as I have, you've spent copious time wandering the British countryside, visiting amusement parks and visitor attractions that feature life-sized `prehistoric animals', you'll surely have seen all those Phorusrhacos* models.

July 3, 2014 — Darren Naish
Controversies from the world of ratite and tinamou evolution (part I)

Controversies from the world of ratite and tinamou evolution (part I)

As blasphemous and offensive as it seems to say it, birds are pretty samey. Generally speaking, they're small flying things with long forelimbs, proportionally large heads with big, globular braincases, and grasping feet where an enlarged first toe (the hallux) opposes the remaining three.

March 18, 2014 — Darren Naish

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