from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The science of fossil birds; the department of paleontology which treats of fossil birds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The branch of paleontology which treats of fossil birds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The branch of
paleontologythat deals with fossil birds.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the paleobiology of birds
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paleo- + ornithology
As for the use of “modern” in the context of the press releases/news reports: the authors were trying to avoid the admittedly complex taxonomic terminology of paleornithology.