Songbirds Carry on Dinosaurs' Predatory Legacy

February 1, 2015 10:18 PM

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I now see more clearly the fearsome predator that is the Chestnut-backed Chickadee. His terrifying manner connects him all the way from falcons recently to eagles earlier, and -- much earlier -- to Tyrannosaurus rex. His terror is subtler than that of T. rex, with a multitude of insects taking on the role of cowering prey once played by Stegosaurus.

Chestnut-backed Chickadees, like all songbirds, have a long evolutionary history linked to apex predators like hawks, and later, falcons. Photo by Steve Zack ©WCS.

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