Baby Bird Discovered in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber

Baby Bird Discovered in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber

Postby Nutso » Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:05 pm

Baby bird discovered in 99-million-year-old amber with feathers, colour intact ... er/8603798

Scientists in Myanmar have discovered what they describe as the "most complete" fossil of a baby bird ever recovered from the Cretaceous period, trapped in 99-million-year-old amber.

The hatchling, complete with feathers, claws, skin and soft tissue around the eyelid and external opening of the ear, is believed to be a species from a group of birds called enantiornitheans that went extinct about 65 million years ago.

Almost all enantiornitheans had teeth, and each finger within the wing contained a claw.

In a paper published in Gondwana Research the scientists said the find offered new insight into "the most species-rich clade of pre-modern birds" to have ever existed.


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Re: Baby Bird Discovered in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:55 pm

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Re: Baby Bird Discovered in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber

Postby Mikey » Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:18 pm

"most species-rich clade"

This, combined with the relative geographical closeness of dinosaurs like microraptor and other feathered coelurosaurs could be revolutionary.
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