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.

2017
6/27
New avialan Amazona gomezgarzai
(Read about it: PeerJ)

6/23
Evolution and function of avian egg shape
(Read about it: The Atlantic, Science News, New Scientist)

6/19
Species associations among avian attendants of army ants
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

6/14
New avialans Latagallina naracoortensis, Latagallina olsoni, Garrdimalga mcnamarai, and Progura campestris
(Read about it: DML)

6/12
Recovering the distribution and migratory patterns of Conuropsis carolinensis
(Read about it: Ecology and Evolution)

6/9
Possible mechanisms of substrate color-matching in alaudids
(Read about it: Ibis)

6/8
New specimen of Buitreraptor gonzalezorum
(Read about it: DML)

New troodont Daliansaurus liaoningensis
(Read about it: Laelaps)

6/7
Modelling of mechanobiological factors influencing sesamoid tissue morphology in the patellar tendon of Struthio camelus
(Read about it: What's in John's Freezer?)

Rivers limit species composition but not areas of endemism in Amazonian avians
(Read about it: Scientific Reports)

Quantitative discrimination of flightlessness in fossil anatids
(Read about it: DML)

New avialan Diomedavus knapptonensis
(Read about it: DML)

6/6
Juvenile enantiornithine preserved in amber
(Read about it: Theropoda, New Scientist, Audubon News)

Anas platyrhynchos feed on Velella velella
(Read about it: Plankton and Benthos Research)

6/2
Genetic signature of the loss of flight in Phalacrocorax harrisi
(Read about it: The Atlantic, Science News)

6/1
Petralca austriaca reinterpreted as a gaviiform
(Read about it: Historical Biology)

5/30
Positive association between population genetic differentiation and speciation rates in New World avians
(Read about it: PNAS)

Feeding ecology is primary driver of beak shape diversification in anseriforms
(Read about it: Functional Ecology)

Habitat selection by Crax blumenbachii in an Atlantic forest remnant
(Read about it: Emu)

New troodont Liaoningvenator curriei
(Read about it: Laelaps)

5/26
Review of recent insights into avian brain development
(Read about it: DML)

5/24
Phoenicopterids can stand on one leg using little active muscular force
(Read about it: The Atlantic, Science News, Audubon News)

Anhingid from the Tatrot
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

Steatornis caripensis produce echolocation signals beyond their best hearing range
(Read about it: Royal Society Open Science)

Wind conditions and geography shape the first outbound migration of juvenile Pernis apivorus
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Repeated divergent selection on pigmentation genes in Sporophila
(Read about it: All About Birds)

5/22
Oxygen isotope fractionation between avialan bone phosphate and drinking water
(Read about it: DML)

5/17
How Forpus coelestis minimize cost of foraging flight
(Read about it: New Scientist, Science News)

5/15
New avialan Campylopterus calcirupicola
(Read about it: Zootaxa)

Safekeeping of tools in Cacatua goffiniana
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

5/12
Juvenile Cyanistes caeruleus discriminate between odors of familiar and unfamiliar conspecifics
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

5/10
Geronticus from the Pliocene of South Africa
(Read about it: PalZ)

5/9
New oviraptorosaur Beibeilong sinensis
(Read about it: New Scientist, Science News, Laelaps, PLOS Paleo Community)

5/8
Cosmetic coloration in Neophron percnopterus
(Read about it: New Scientist)

Corvus corax remember the nature of a single reciprocal interaction sequence after a month
(Read about it: Science News)

5/5
Phalacrocorax carbo can detect auditory cues while diving
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

5/2
New troodont Jianianhualong tengi
(Read about it: Laelaps)

4/29
New volume on avian respiration
(Read about it: DML)

4/27
Trochilid feeding behavior in southeastern Brazil
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

4/26
Turn-taking ceremonies in Uria aalge signal individual condition
(Read about it: All About Birds)

4/20
Rates of parasitism vary among hosts of Molothrus ater
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

4/19
Review of avian paleobiology in New Zealand
(Read about it: DML)

4/18
Cumulative culture can emerge from collective intelligence in Columba livia flocks
(Read about it: Science News)

Male Petroica longipes cater to their mate’s desire when sharing food
(Read about it: New Scientist)

Sexually dimorphic gene expression in the hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal axis of Columba livia
(Read about it: Audubon News)

Neural basis for password-based species recognition in Molothrus ater
(Read about it: Audubon News)

4/13
New specimens of Anchiornis huxleyi
(Read about it: Theropoda)

4/12
New avialan Piscivorenantiornis inusitatus
(Read about it: DML)

4/10
New dromaeosaurid Zhongjianosaurus yangi
(Read about it: Theropoda, Laelaps)

4/7
Evolution of sex-linked barring in Gallus gallus domesticus
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Within-pair similarity in migration route predicts breeding performance of Fratercula arctica
(Read about it: ScienceDaily)

4/5
Migratory connectivity of Calidris pusilla
(Read about it: Audubon News, Shorebird Science)

Counterintuitive roles of experience of weather in Aquila chrysaetos migration
(Read about it: ScienceDaily)

4/4
Revision of non-passerine neoavians of the Miocene of Hungary
(Read about it: DML)

4/1
New avialans Crexica crexica and Miohypotaenidia tanaisensis
(Read about it: DML)

3/29
Relationship between the anterior blind spot and width of binocular visual field in avians
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Light-dependent magnetic compass in Taeniopygia guttata
(Read about it: ScienceDaily)

3/28
Variability in use of tidal stream environments by marine avians
(Read about it: Marine Policy)

3/27
Sources of conflict in resolving neornithine phylogeny
(Read about it: DML)

3/23
Group dynamics of non-breeding Corvus corax
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Pectoral girdle morphology of Mesozoic avialans
(Read about it: DML)

Phylogenetic position of "Neospiza" concolor
(Read about it: New Scientist)

3/22
Cellular preservation of tendon- and cartilage-like tissues in Confuciusornis
(Read about it: What's in John's Freezer?)

Why Nipponia nippon join mixed-species flocks
(Read about it: ScienceDaily)

Scaling and functional morphology in strigiform hind limbs
(Read about it: Nature Communications)

Social bonds in phoenicopterids
(Read about it: Applied Animal Behaviour Science)

3/20
Play vocalization as a positive emotional contagion in Nestor notabilis
(Read about it: The Atlantic, New Scientist)

Bone histological correlates of flight style in avians
(Read about it: DML)

3/16
Rapid adjustment of migration in a newly-established population of Hirundo rustica
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Functional variation in therizinosaur jaws
(Read about it: DML)

3/15
Selective attention in male Pavo cristatus while assessing rivals
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Internal anatomy of the Accipiter nisus forelimb
(Read about it: PeerJ)

3/14
Ichthyornis-like avialan from the Melovatka
(Read about it: DML)

Bony pits in the bill tip of Dromaius novaehollandiae and Struthio camelus
(Read about it: DML)

3/13
Craniofacial diversification in Columba livia domestica
(Read about it: Nature Ecology and Evolution)

3/8
Sociality correlated with reduced brain size in picids
(Read about it: New Scientist)

Variation in growth drives the duration of parental care in Uria lomvia
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Ancient DNA reveals Pleistocene existence of Struthio in Indian subcontinent
(Read about it: PLoS ONE)

New avialan Opisthodactylus kirchneri
(Read about it: DML)

3/7
Geographic variation in male territory defense strategies in Phylloscopus trochiloides
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

3/4
Age impacts survival and territory defense in Gavia immer
(Read about it: The Loon Project)

3/2
Potential breeding range of Numenius tenuirostris
(Read about it: Bird Conservation International)

3/1
Soft tissues of Anchiornis
(Read about it: Skeletaldrawing.com, Theropoda)

New avialan Scytalopus alvarezlopezi
(Read about it: The Auk)

Telomere dynamics of Sturnus unicolor juveniles depend on nest-building materials used by parents
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

Wintering in Europe enhances survival of juvenile Ciconia ciconia
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

Discrimination of male Poecile atricapillus songs
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

Thermoregulatory function of bare head in Geronticus eremita
(Read about it: Frontiers in Zoology)

2/28
Relatedness reduces aggressive male interactions in Gallus gallus domesticus
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

2/27
Evolutionary patterns of gestural display in icterids
(Read about it: Evolution)

External measurements of passerines
(Read about it: Ecology)

2/24
Male Melospiza melodia adjust aggression towards neighbors based on mate fertility
(Read about it: Animal Behaviour)

Soft tissue of Eoconfuciusornis
(Read about it: DML)

2/23
The function of egg shape in Uria aalge
(Read about it: Ibis)

Large sphenisciform from the Waipara Greensand
(Read about it: March of the Fossil Penguins, Laelaps, Lost Worlds Revisited)

Evolutionary consequences of cranial fenestration in avians
(Read about it: DML)

Growth benefit to Troglodytes aedon nestlings of having an asynchronously late-hatching nestmate greater for extra-pair offspring
(Read about it: Tough Little Birds)

2/21
Presence of conspecific females influences mobbing behavior in male avians
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Seed dispersal by Anas platyrhynchos
(Read about it: Audubon News, In Defense of Plants)

2/17
Function of egg shape in Uria
(Read about it: Journal of Ornithology)

2/16
Variability in stable isotopes of Bubo scandiacus feathers
(Read about it: Journal of Avian Biology)

2/15
Group behavior within Chaetura pelagica flocks during approaches to roost
(Read about it: Science News)

New Gargantuavis philoinos specimen from Spain
(Read about it: DML)

2/13
New avialan Vanolimicola longihallucis
(Read about it: DML)

2/10
Habitat suitability and constraints of migration in parulids
(Read about it: All About Birds)

2/8
Sentinel behavior of Turdoides squamiceps
(Read about it: New Scientist)

Divergence between phylogenetic diversity and species richness in avians
(Read about it: Journal of Biogeography)

2/6
Functional roles of avian cis-regulatory elements
(Read about it: DML)

2/4
Long-term variability in diet and reproductive performance of sphenisciforms at Bird Island
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

2/2
New avialan Macranhinga ameghinoi
(Read about it: Historical Biology)

2/1
Evolution of passerine nests
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

Evolutionary dynamics of avian adaptive radiation
(Read about it: BBC News)

1/31
New avialan Cruralispennia multidonta
(Read about it: Theropoda)

1/27
Correlating avian footprint and wing characteristics
(Read about it: DML)

1/26
Record number of Buphagus africanus on a single host
(Read about it: Journal of Threatened Taxa)

1/25
Avian higher level biogeography
(Read about it: Journal of Biogeography)

1/24
Reproductive success driven by site fidelity in Thalassarche melanophris
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

1/20
Archaeopterygid tooth from the Early Cretaceous of France
(Read about it: DML)

Migration of Setophaga kirtlandii
(Read about it: Science News)

Deinonychosaur tracks from the Early Cretaceous of China
(Read about it: DML)

1/18
Coevolution of the pygostyle and tail feathers in Mesozoic avialans
(Read about it: DML)

A bare-part ornament as a predictor of dominance in Porphyrio melanotus melanotus
(Read about it: The Auk)

Confusion effect generated by large Sturnus vulgaris flocks
(Read about it: Science News)

Demographic history of Larus heermanni
(Read about it: The Auk)

1/16
Hind limb morphometry of phorusrhacids
(Read about it: DML)

1/12
Cranial osteology of Buitreraptor gonzalezorum
(Read about it: DML)

Phalangeal joint kinematics during locomotion in Struthio camelus
(Read about it: DML)

1/11
New material of Garganornis ballmanni
(Read about it: New Scientist, PLOS Paleo Community)

Unattractive male Malurus melanocephalus show greater mate-guarding effort
(Read about it: All About Birds)

1/10
Identification of an anomalous Buteo
(Read about it: PeerJ)

1/9
Phylogeny of aquilines
(Read about it: Zootaxa)

Breeding site sampling in male Calidris melanotos
(Read about it: Nature)

Aepyornis DNA retrieved from eggshell
(Read about it: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution)

1/5
Neurons responsive to global visual motion have unique tuning properties in trochilids
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

1/4
Pair bond duration in Sterna hirundo does not affect breeding output
(Read about it: PhysOrg)

1/2
Review of cognition in Gallus gallus domesticus
(Read about it: ScienceDaily)

1/1
New avialan Aprosdokitos mikrotero
(Read about it: DML)

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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