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French foie gras makers say they are ready if bird flu returns

French foie gras makers say they are ready if bird flu returnsFrench foie gras makers, still recovering from two severe bird flu crises that ravaged flocks, said on Thursday they would be able to face any new outbreak thanks to strict security measures but prices will remain high to make up for increased costs. France, which has one of the largest poultry flocks in the European Union, is one of the countries that was most affected by the H5N8 bird flu virus that spread through wild birds across the continent last year. Of course some cases may break out at any time but by no means we will be in the same situation, we’ll be able to deal with it very quickly,” Marie-Pierre Pe, director of French foie gras makers group CIFOG, told reporters.



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The Dangers Posed by the Bird Scooter Craze Catching On Across America

The Dangers Posed by the Bird Scooter Craze Catching On Across AmericaRiders of the scooters have often been seen without helmets, a violation of the law.



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Tiny Bird Found In Cockpit Forces Delta Flight To Make A U-Turn

Tiny Bird Found In Cockpit Forces Delta Flight To Make A U-TurnA Delta pilot traveling from Detroit to Atlanta turned back when he found a small-winged creature flapping around his large-winged aircraft on Saturday.



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A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airport

A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airportANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Scott Babcock was wrapping up an early morning runway inspection at America's farthest north airport when he saw what he thought were a couple of wolves.



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A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airport

A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airportANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Scott Babcock was wrapping up an early morning runway inspection at America's farthest north airport when he saw what he thought were a couple of wolves.



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Watch Flames Erupt From a Japan Airlines Flight After a Bird Strike

Watch Flames Erupt From a Japan Airlines Flight After a Bird StrikeA Japan Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Tokyo on Tuesday after a suspected bird strike to one of the plane's engines.



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99-million-year-old bird found preserved in amber stuns scientists

99-million-year-old bird found preserved in amber stuns scientists

Archeologists have just discovered a nearly complete bird, encased in fossilized tree sap, that has remained intact for almost 100 million years. The bird, which was just a few days old at the time of its death, is one of the most stunningly preserved examples of pre-history avian life ever recovered — but this is no ordinary bird.

The dream of resurrecting dinosaurs from their ancient remains, like in Jurassic Park, might be nothing more than science fiction, but one aspect of the pseudoscience depicted in the film franchise is actually quite true: archaeologists regularly find prehistoric bugs and other small creatures perfectly preserved in amber. This newly-discovered fossil, which was located in Burma, includes half of the bird's entire body, including a wing, claws, and head.

Unlike modern birds, this newborn hatchling is from a now-extinct branch of the family tree called Enantiornithines. Researchers say they would have looked a lot like modern-day avians, with the exception of some added features such as claws on their wing tips and small teeth tucked away in their beaks.

The fossil has already taught researchers a lot about the ancient species. They've determined that birds like these were able to take care of themselves much earlier than most modern bird species, thanks to fully developed flight feathers at the time of their hatching, suggesting that they could take to the skies immediately rather than being confined to a nest for the early part of their lives. The amber treasure will soon be put on display at the Shanghai Museum of Natural History until the end of July.



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99-million-year-old bird fossil has been found preserved in amber and it's truly exquisite

99-million-year-old bird fossil has been found preserved in amber and it's truly exquisiteWe might just be one step closer to a real life
Jurassic Park scenario. A three-inch fossil of a 99-million-year-old baby bird was found in an amber mine in Myanmar.  SEE ALSO: T. rex might not have been fluffy, after all The hatchling is the most complete bird preserved in amber that has ever been found from the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago, according to a new study published in the journal
Gondwana Research. The fossil includes most of the skull and neck, part of a wing and hind leg, and soft tail tissue.  Scientists were able to collect data from bone and tissue samples taken from its skull, neck, feet, and wing, and they determined that the hatching was a member of the avian group,
Enantiornithes. This is a fantastic specimen: shows previously unknown enfloofinating pattern for birds! Paper link: t.co/YpFWcvhQzR pic.twitter.com/BK6AsWb48e — Lisa Buckley, PhD (@Lisavipes) June 8, 2017 Researchers determined that the baby bird was newly hatched by examining its plumage. It was no more than a few weeks old before it was trapped in the sticky amber and preserved for millions of years, they found. The visual details in the baby bird are stunning, which has the science community on Twitter geeking out. I mean, c'mon: look at the soft tissue details here. pic.twitter.com/NZs14UHvAK — Lisa Buckley, PhD (@Lisavipes) June 8, 2017 LOOK AT THE FEETS. pic.twitter.com/Aiwut30rBp — Lisa Buckley, PhD (@Lisavipes) June 8, 2017 WOW! Look at the feathers on this Cretaceous bird preserved in amber! t.co/q0VMplchgH@macroevolut might want to get his mits on it! pic.twitter.com/0S3cwDSoqn — Thomas Clements (@Thomas_Clements) June 7, 2017 #FossilFriday came early this week! :-) — Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. (@TomHoltzPaleo) June 7, 2017 Burma, Albian-Cenomanian. Same deposit as the bird wing and dino tail described last year. — Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. (@TomHoltzPaleo) June 7, 2017 Tyrannosaurid skin… boring.We just got HALF A BABY MESOZOIC DINOSAUR PRESERVED IN AMBER, folks! t.co/IBNs2s752u #birds #dinosaurs — Alberta Claw (@albertonykus) June 7, 2017 When I die I'd like to be encased in Burmese amber — tommy job (@tjob83) June 7, 2017 The fossil was purchased in 2014 by the director of the Hupoge Amber Museum in Tengchong City, China, who heard about an amber sample with a strange "lizard claw" inclusion,
National Geographic reported.  Lida Xing of the China University of Geosciences later identified the claw as the foot of a bird from the
Enantiornithes group. Researchers said they're excited about what this new find can bring to the field of paleontology. "Overall, the new specimen brings a new level of detail to our understanding of the anatomy of the juvenile stages of the most species-rich clade of pre-modern birds," they wrote in the study. WATCH: Researchers are using sound to levitate objects, and it's changing the medical industry



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Bird Comforts Grieving Mother as She Visits Late Son's Grave on Anniversary of His Death

Bird Comforts Grieving Mother as She Visits Late Son's Grave on Anniversary of His DeathMarie Robinson posted a video on Facebook of a robin landing on top of her son's gravestone, then landing on her hand. "Taking it as a sign," she wrote.



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Bird Flu Confirmed At Tennessee Chicken Operation

Bird Flu Confirmed At Tennessee Chicken OperationThe strain of bird flu found is the highly pathogenic H7 virus that devastated Midwest operations two years ago.



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