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31 July 2014 Last updated at 19:14

Dinosaurs 'shrank' to become birdsThe feathered dinosaur Microraptor pounces on a nest of primitive birds (Sinornis).

Huge meat-eating, land-living dinosaurs evolved into birds by constantly shrinking for over 50 million years, new research shows.


Deep-sea octopusBroody octopus keeps four-year vigil

A deep-sea octopus is observed nursing her eggs for more than four years - the longest brooding time seen in any animal. BBC News

Anna's hummingbird (c) Lentink GroupBirds beat machines in hover test

Micro-drones are just starting to catch up with the hovering and flight performance of the tiny hummingbird, say scientists. BBC News

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Oh no, hate it when 'my' swifts head South for winter in the sun, love to hear their screaming parties around the rooftops

Lynne Gee on Twitter prepares to wave the UK's swifts goodbye as they begin their long journey south over the coming weeks.

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