An exquisitely preserved fossil found in China still contains the original biological compounds that gave a 130-million-year-old bird its shading and colour. The find extends the timeframe in which scientists thought these substances can be preserved.
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Man, this Costa's hummingbird legitimately looks like it has a shiny purple baby octopus attached to its face like the facehugger in Alien. I mean, look at how wacky it looks, it almost seems as if the octopus was digitally slapped onto the face. But it's not. It looks that way because male Costa's hummingbirds have a beautiful purple cap of feathers that stretch over their head and onto their throat that flares out when they try to court females.
Video: Sure, it may look like the seagull is playing along with the man hiding the food under three cups in an attempt to trick the bird, but know this: Seagulls are jerks who don't care about you or silly games. It is not playing along. It is in complete control. The bird is only pretending because it knows that it's the only way it will get food from this guy (for now). Once the guy exposes his food stash, the seagull is going to attack it and then poop all over the dude who thought it was cute to play games with seagulls.
Owing to some horrendously long flight times, scientists have speculated that certain birds are capable of sleep during flight. A remarkable new experiment by an international team of researchers has now proven this to be true, showing that birds can catch a snooze while hitching a ride on rising air currents.
The Death of Twitter has be proclaimed over and over in some form since 2009. Eulogies ramped up over the last year, when its monthly active user count stalled, its executives left en masse and the prospect of changes led users to revolt with the hashtag #RIPTwitter.
Vancouver is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in Canada, filled with tourist-friendly parks and beaches. It's also home to Canuck, who the CBC describes as "Vancouver's most notorious crow", suggesting some sort of city-wide crow notoriety ranking. Why so notorious? Well, Canuck stole a knife from an active crime scene among other things.
Video: When a pigeon flies, you can hear it sloppily slap its wings as it makes its way through the air. When a peregrine falcon flies, the flight is powerful and beautiful but you can still hear the movement. When a barn owl flies? Complete silence. It's amazing to see. BBC Earth set up microphones along the flight path of the birds to let us hear the difference.