Maybe birds did not descend from dinosaurs

New research suggests evidence against the widespread hypothesis that birds descended directly from dinosaurs. The study, published in the Journal of Ornithology, used advanced scanning techniques to reveal the bone structure of Scansoriopteryx, an early ancestor of birds illustrated above, … Continue reading

The buzz on neonicotinoid pesticides

Your garden might not be humming with bumblebees, but scientists this week are buzzing with a possible reason why. Neonicotinoid pesticides have in the past been blamed for colony collapse disorder in honey bees and sudden, massive die-offs of bumblebees. … Continue reading

What would Rachel Carson do?

A world-altering book, Silent Spring, hit the shelves 50 years ago this week. The gospel according to Rachel raised awareness of the widespread, dangerous use of pesticides and their impact on birds, wildlife and human health. Her teachings essentially launched … Continue reading