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

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A Look Back at the Bite Stuff, 2014 Edition


Another year over, and a new one’s about to begin. It’s the [western] new year, and it’s been a little more bumpy than normal. Big things happened! I blogged less, but the blogging was more radical.

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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

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Two Tales


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

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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

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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

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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.”

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