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The remains of a baby bird from the time of the dinosaurs have been discovered in a specimen of 99-million-year-old amber, according to scientists writing in the journal Gondwana Research.
The hatchling belonged to a major group of birds known as enantiornithes, which went extinct along with dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago. Funded in part by the National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council, this discovery is providing critical new information about these ancient, toothed birds and how they differed from modern birds.
Mined in the Hukawng Valley in northern Myanmar, Burmese amber deposits contain possibly the largest variety of animal and plant life from the Cretaceous period, which lasted from 145.5 to 65.5 million years ago.
originally posted by: Slanter
a reply to: silo13
Damn that's amazing... I wonder if we can polish it up any more to be able to see it clearer.
Extinct Birds and feathered wings in amber, and that almost mummified dinosaur... interesting times for paleontology.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: seasonal
Is it just me, or is that thing's head and beak about as long as the rest of its body?