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Design of Life Update: Birds
March 9, 2017
Illustra Media’s Design of Life documentaries only began to explore the marvels of life. In this entry, we look at more wonders among birds. Eggs come in a variety of sizes and shapes, as shown in a rapid-fire series in the Illustra film. In an “Egg Mythbuster” piece, Phys.org explains why some eggs are pear-shaped. […]
Early Fossil Bird Feathers Were Modern and Colorful
November 19, 2016
The predicted gradual sequence from fuzz to flight remains mythical, as modern feathers show up too early for Darwin's comfort.
Media Go Nuts Over Alleged Tyrannosaur Missing Link
March 16, 2016
From a few bone fragments and lots of imagination, reporters lit the fireworks and marching bands to spin stories for Darwin.
Grebe Left Imaginary Dinosaur Feathers in Amber
September 15, 2011
“Dinosaur feathers” are all over the news again, thanks to a paper in Science revealing feathers in amber found in Canada. But whose feathers are they? Inferences from other sources, not from the amber, were brought into the interpretation, even though the discoverers admitted, “There is currently no way to refer the feathers in amber with certainty to either birds or the rare small theropods from the area.” And modern-looking feathers of diving birds like grebes were also found in the same amber, leading to numerous questions about what can rightly be inferred from the fossils themselves. No matter; most of the media loved the evolutionary implications and trotted out their headlines that feather evolution from dinosaur to bird has been proven.
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