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tags: What, If Anything, Is Big Bird?, taxonomy, taxonomy, evolution, Grandicrocavis, Big Bird, flightless birds, ratites, humor, comedy, science humor, dinosaur humor, Mike Dickison, PechaKucha, Christchurch, streaming video Years ago, when Zoologist Mike Dickison was in the early stages of his PhD, he gave a joke presentation at a graduate student conference on the taxonomy…

Dinosaurs: A Bunch of Mister Moms

tags: evolution, behavioral ecology, parental care, egg incubation, dinosaurs, birds The Oviraptorid dinosaur, Citipati osmolskae, on a nest of eggs that was unearthed in the Gobi desert of Mongolia by the American Museum of Natural History. Image: Mick Ellison, American Museum of Natural History. Oviraptors (“egg seizer”) were given their name because their fossil remains…

Ratite Flight: Lost But Not Forgotten

tags: ratite, tinamous, evolution, biogeography, phylogenomics, convergence, flightlessness, Paleognath, homoplasy, vicariance White-throated Tinamou, Tinamus guttatus. Image: Wikipedia. New research suggests the ostriches, emus, rheas and other flightless birds known as ratites have lost the ability to fly many times, rather than just once, as long thought. Further, the ratites appear to form a group with…