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Ancient birds out of the egg running

Using their own laser imaging technology, scientists have determined the lifestyle of a special hatchling bird by revealing the previously unknown feathering preserved in the fossil specimen found in the ~125 million-year-old Early Cretaceous fossil beds of Los Hoyas, Spain.

Getting help with the kids slows down ageing in female birds

Seychelles warblers live and breed in family groups on the tiny island of Cousin. In each group, a dominant female and male reproduce. When helpers assist the with incubation and feeding of chicks, the dominant female breeders age more slowly and live longer, a study by biologists shows. The results indicate how cooperative breeding -- which also occurs in other species, including humans -- can increase life span.