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Fossils of first bird discovered

Birds have a beak to manipulate their food but a new fossil discovery found that some birds evolved teeth adapted for specialised diets.

world Updated: Jan 07, 2013 23:51 IST

Birds have a beak to manipulate their food but a new fossil discovery found that some birds evolved teeth adapted for specialised diets.

A study of the teeth of a new species of early bird, Sulcavis geeorum, suggested this bird had a durophagous diet, meaning the bird's teeth were capable of eating prey with hard exoskeletons like insects or crabs.

The researchers believe the teeth of the new specimen greatly increase the known diversity of tooth shape in early birds, and hints at previously unrecognised ecological diversity.

Marriages on ‘Love You Forever’ Day
Beijing: Thousands of Chinese couples queued at registry offices across China on January 4, 2013, in the hope that marrying on that date would bring them lasting romance.

The rush came because the Mandarin for 4 January 2013 sounds similar to the phrase ‘I will love you all my life’.

Around 10,000 couples were due to tie the knot in Beijing, with many more coming without an appointment, the BBC reports.

A similar wedding rush took place on December 12, which was the century’s final repeating date. Extra staff had to be deployed to cope with the number of people coming to get married. ANI

Pics of Beatles’ US tour up for auction
London
: Rare colour transparencies of The Beatles, which were taken during their first tour of the US in 1964, are reportedly up for sale.

The 65 slides of unpublished colour photographs, which include many stage shots, including George Harrison with his red Rickenbacker guitar, which appeared in the film A Hard Day’s Night, are said to have been taken by physicist Dr Robert “Bob” Beck. ANI

Fats tied to falling sperm counts
London: Saturated fats, like those found in rich cheeses, may do more than weigh men down after a meal — a Danish study also links them to dwindling sperm counts.

Researchers, whose report appeared in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that young Danish men who ate saturated fats had a 38% lower concentration of sperm, and 41% lower sperm counts in their semen, than those who ate the least fat. ANI