HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
New Sickle-Clawed Fossil From Madagascar Links Birds And Dinosaurs

A new raven-sized fossil bird, showing clear evidence of the close relationship between theropod dinosaurs and birds, has been discovered on the island of Madagascar by scientists working under a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. This discovery was announced by a team of researchers -- led by paleontologist/anatomist Catherine Forster of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook -- in this week's issue of the journal Science.

"This discovery is a wonderful example of how the fossil record provides the basic data for formulating, testing, and revising ideas about life through time," says Chris Maples, director of NSF's geology and paleontology program, which funded the research.

The fossil bird is 65 to 70 million years old and dates from the Late Cretaceous period. It was discovered in 1995 by an international team of paleontologists led by researcher David Krause, also of SUNY-Stony Brook. The scientists have named the new discovery Rahona ostromi, meaning "Ostrom's menace from the clouds." Scientists Scott Sampson (New York College of Osteopathic Medicine) and Luis Chiappe (American Museum of Natural History in New York) are also co-authors of the Science paper.

The forearm bone of Rahona is long and shows evidence of well-developed feathers, indicating it was a capable flyer. But unlike most birds, Rahona also had a long, bony tail and sported a large, sickle-like killing claw at the end of a thick second toe on the hind foot. This unique toe and claw is identical to the one carried by a group of fast, predaceous theropod dinosaurs called "maniraptorans." It is these maniraptoran dinosaurs (a group that includes Velociraptor and Deinonychus), that many, but not all, scientists believe gave rise to birds. "This new fossil is one of the strongest last nails in the coffin of those who doubt that dinosaurs had anything to
'"/>

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-306-1070
National Science Foundation
17-Mar-1998


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Fossil genes reveal how life sheds form and function
2. Fossils reveal direct link between global warming and genetic diversity in wildlife
3. Methane and mini-horses: Fossils reveal effects of global warming
4. Fossil teeth reveal recent origin of human growth pattern
5. Fossil teeth of extinct North American rhinos reveal an aquatic lifestyle similar to modern hippos
6. Fossil plants ties to ancient carbon redefined
7. Fossil mayflies can be used to weigh ancient atmospheres
8. Fossilized Emu Eggshells Give Clues To 65,000 Years Of Vegetation And Climate Changes In Australia
9. Scientists Use Fossilized Emu Eggshells To Discern Changes In Vegetation, Provide Additional Evidence Of Human Impact On Australian Landscape
10. Fossil Footprints Show Foot-Movement Similarity In Dinosaurs And Birds
11. A Missing Link Fossil Adds Foliage To The Early Human Ancestor Family Tree

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: New Sickle Clawed Fossil From Madagascar Links Birds And Dinosaurs

(Date:11/12/2014)... Fla. , Nov. 12, 2014 Crossmatch™, ... today that its U.are.U ® fingerprint readers have ... chain in Central Mexico . The ... 2014 to eliminate payroll issues caused by employees clocking ... installing the U.are.U fingerprint readers, Montparnasse relied on paper ...
(Date:11/7/2014)... 2014  In conjunction with the Glendale ... Community Foundation of the Verdugos has announced the " ... a $250,000 initiative to keep the Verdugo Regional Crime Lab ... six months of existence, the Lab has processed more than ... law enforcement. "Because our number one priority is ...
(Date:11/6/2014)... is an asset for a predator. Except when that predator ... tiger beetle, relative to its size, is the fastest creature ... body lengths per second (at about five miles per hour). ... take the sprinting gold from the tiger beetle, a person ... The tiger beetle has a problem. At peak speeds, everything ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Montparnasse Pasteleria Achieves Time and Attendance Transparency with Crossmatch U.are.U Fingerprint Readers 2Community Foundation Of The Verdugos Unveils Campaign To Fund Glendale-Burbank DNA Justice Project 2The tiger beetle: Too fast to see 2
(Date:11/21/2014)... Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 21, 2014 ... is it that makes Albert Einstein so instantly recognizable? ... South African-born physicist, mathematician, astronomer and author Hilton Ratcliffe ... that they have nothing at all to do with ... ( Muse Harbor Publishing , November 21, 2014), Ratcliffe ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... DIEGO , Nov. 20, 2014  Cytori Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ... Marc Hedrick , M.D. will present live at VirtualInvestorConferences.com on ... 2014 TIME:    11:15 am PT / 2:15 pm ... URL into your browser,s address bar: http://bit.ly/1B2KGaL ... and receive event updates. This will be ...
(Date:11/18/2014)... pH measurement and control is vital in a ... food and beverage industries. But what exactly is pH, ... sensors work? METTLER TOLEDO has produced a guide to ... these questions and more. , METTLER TOLEDO provides a ... The actual sensor, the pH electrode, is therefore the ...
(Date:11/18/2014)... 2014 2014 Deep Research ... professional and in-depth report on Polytetrahydrofuran (PTMEG) ... including its definition, characterization, application, and industry ... exploration covers the worldwide business investigation, including ... covering macroeconomic environment & financial circumstance examination. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:“Stephen Hawking Smoked My Socks” Sparks Controversy in Science World 2“Stephen Hawking Smoked My Socks” Sparks Controversy in Science World 3“Stephen Hawking Smoked My Socks” Sparks Controversy in Science World 4Cytori Therapeutics to Provide Corporate Update and Investor Presentation on December 4 through a Live, Interactive Webcast 2Cytori Therapeutics to Provide Corporate Update and Investor Presentation on December 4 through a Live, Interactive Webcast 3Cytori Therapeutics to Provide Corporate Update and Investor Presentation on December 4 through a Live, Interactive Webcast 4pH Guide from METTLER TOLEDO Explains Measurement, Theory and Practice of pH Applications 2PTMEG Market: 2019 Global Polytetrahydrofuran Industry Development Trends & Analysis Now at DeepResearchReports.com 2PTMEG Market: 2019 Global Polytetrahydrofuran Industry Development Trends & Analysis Now at DeepResearchReports.com 3
Cached News: