Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sutcliffe, the Wonderful Dinosaur Dad!

More evidence that budgies are tiny dinosaurs.  Furthermore, birds and dinosaurs are better dad's than most mammals.

From "Science" Magazine's 2008 Scientific Highlights:

Dutiful Dinosaur Dads

In more than 90% of living bird species, males play a role in the parental care of their offspring.  By comparison, males contribute to parental care in fewer than 5% of mammalian species...Varicchio et al present compelling evidence that in three species of dinosouars...males were the individuals responsible for caring for eggs and young.

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The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple
Sutcliffe and Maryann in early 2007