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Metal bird found at Bamburgh Castle in England

A small copper-alloy bird has been found at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, England. It is fascinating that the new image appears to hark back in time to the bird of prey motifs of the 6th and 7th centuries AD and could represent a descendant of these earlier styles just as the

Ancient Egyptians bred birds of prey

A new study has found that ancient Egyptians bred birds of prey for use as offerings to the gods. Lead author Salima Ikram said: "The idea of birds of prey being bred to the extent of being kept and force-fed is new. Until now, the sheer number of raptor mummies had

Moas went extinct due to over-hunting

A new study carried out by an international team of scientists has revealed that New Zealand's Moas, giant flightless birds, went extinct 600 years ago due to over-hunting by humans. For millions of years, nine species of large, flightless birds known as moas (Dinornithiformes) thrived in New Zealand. Then, about 600

Human migration into Pacific wiped out birds

Researchers are estimating that 1,000 species of bird were wiped out when humans migrated into the Pacific region. The first humans to settle the Pacific islands left a wave of extinct bird species in their wake. But gaps in the fossil record make it difficult to determine just how massive the

Meteor that killed dinosaurs also wiped out ancient birds

New research is suggesting that many ancient birds were wiped out by the same meteor that ultimately killed off the dinosaurs. According to the researchers, nearly all the modern bird groups, from owls to penguins and so on, began to emerge within 15 million years after all the dinosaurs went extinct. These

Ancient stork tracks found in Japan

2,400-year-old bird tracks belonging to a stork have been found in Osaka Prefecture in Japan. The tracks, discovered in the remains of a rice field in the area bordering between Higashi Osaka and Yao, Osaka, in 1996, are believed to be from the early Yayoi Period, dating back some 2,400 years,

Bird figurine found in 5th century Japanese burial

A "haniwa" water bird figurine has been found in a 5th century burial mound in Asago, Japan. According to the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Archaeology of Harima, the clay piece, measuring 48 cm high, 21 cm wide and 44 cm long, dates to the early fifth century. [tweetmeme][Full story] Story: The Japan Times