Winged dino sets science world aflutter

Apr 30, 2015

Winged dino sets science world aflutter

The discovery of a pigeon-sized dinosaur with bat-like wings has exposed bizarre twists in the early evolution of birds, said scientists in China Wednesday whose conclusions were immediately challenged. Named Yi qi, for “Strange Wing” in Mandarin, the creature was an odd and unexpected ...

T. rex's vegetarian cousin puzzles scientists

Apr 29, 2015

T. rex's vegetarian cousin puzzles scientists

Tyrannosaurus rex, one of history’s most dreaded carnivores, had an odd-looking vegetarian cousin with a tiny head, long neck and stubby fingers, scientists said Monday, admitting its anatomy had them puzzled. Chilesaurus diegosuarezi had a birdlike beak with leaf-shaped teeth, evidence that it feasted ...

Apr 23, 2015

Fatal attraction for pesticide-addicted bees

Like nicotine for humans, certain pesticides seem to hold an addictive attraction for bees, which seek out tainted food even if it may be bad for them, research showed Wednesday. Not only did bees show no signs of avoiding neonicotinoid-laced food in lab tests, ...

Apr 23, 2015

Coyote roaming exclusive Manhattan triggers police hunt

A coyote spotted on Wednesday in an exclusive Manhattan neighborhood touched off a massive police hunt that shut down Riverside Park, then led to Columbia University and Grants Tomb. Before moving on up to the most expensive of New York City’s five boroughs, coyotes ...

Apr 22, 2015

N.Y. judge to consider claims that chimpanzees are 'legal persons'

An animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be held captive because they are autonomous, intelligent creatures. New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe ...