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Tag Archives: Origin of Birds
The Stocky Dragon
There is much we still do not know about the ancient origins of birds and near-bird animals, dromaeosaurs and troodontids. As we find more specimens of archaeopterygid or scansoriopterygid-like animals, of Anchiornises and what not, the tree becomes more of … Continue reading
Posted in Art, Paleobiology, Paleontology, Reconstruction, Systematics Tagged Avialae, Balaur, Balaur bondoc, Origin of Birds 11 Comments
Really, again? You’ve got to be fucking kidding me!
I honestly don’t think I can write any more on how bad Alan Feduccia’s “science” is on the subject of bird origins than I already have, here. Briefly, Dr. Alan Feduccia has teamed up with earstwhile companion in quackery Stephen … Continue reading
Birds can have resplendent tails. Wonderful arrangements and bizarre shapes. We may all be familiar with the lyrebird, whose male’s lateral tail feathers (retrices) have been modified from their typical planar vaned structure into a pair of curly feathers bracing … Continue reading
The Fisherman & the Sinosauropteryx
When dealing with research from a particular few scientists – namely, the BANDits – none of them intrigue me more than the work of Theagarten Lingham-Soliar (hereafter, TLS). It isn’t just that the subject matter is intriguing (structure of skin, … Continue reading
Posted in Paleontology, Taphonomy Tagged Feathers, Integument, Origin of Birds, Preservation, TLS 18 Comments
You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me
Dr. Alan Feduccia is struggling for relevance. One might say this about much of his career, from his first big book on birds (1980’s The Age of Birds), to his repeat performances (The Origin and Evolution of Birds, 1996’s first … Continue reading
Posted in Creationism, Paleontology, Philosophy Tagged Collagen fibers, Origin of Birds, Science Communication 14 Comments
On the Structure of Fossil Feathers
Here’s a short piece, in part inspired by discussions with Matt Martynuick at DinoGoss on the reasoning for why we attach terms like “stage 1” to fossil “feathers.”
Posted in Reconstruction, Taphonomy Tagged Feathers, Origin of Birds 7 Comments
Canadian Amber, Fin-Tailed Dinosaurs, and a Despairing Blogger
Science, as a process, promotes an adversarial system. A scientist poses an hypothesis from an observation, then attempts to refute this hypothesis through further observations arrived at from experimentation and testing, and poses a further hypothesis from the results; if … Continue reading