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World’s oldest bird fossils June 16, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Archaeology, Science.
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Five beautifully preserved headless fossil skeletons discovered in China suggest modern birds evolved from aquatic duck-like ancestors, meaning that these are the World’s oldest bird fossils

Several of the specimens are so exquisitely preserved that the remains of feathers and even webbing in the foot can be seen clearly.

Pteroducktyl – the missing link or Ornithuran fossils “are relatively rare in the Cretaceous, which is part of what makes Gansus so exciting”, said a co-author, Dr Matthew Lamanna of Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

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