Highlights / feathers

Environment, International

How did dinosaurs learn to fly? It could be for sex

A recent study suggests that feathers evolved not for flight, but at first were hair-like structures developed as insulation for warmth, somewhat akin to fur. It was later that they then grew into larger and more complex features for sexual display» 

Indigenous, Society

Witness may swear oath on feathers in Ottawa court

It is tradition in Canadian courts for witnesses to swear to tell the truth as they hold a hand on the bible, but now an Ottawa courthouse has eagle feathers that may be used by aboriginal witnesses instead, reports CBC.»