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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2018 9:35 p.m. PST

…Cretaceous Period.

"The discovery of a 127-million-year-old fossil in northeastern China is filling an important evolutionary gap between modern birds and the winged, dinosaur-like creatures that came before them.

To say that birds evolved from dinosaurs isn't entirely accurate. Technically speaking, birds are dinosaurs. They just happen to represent the only lineage of dinosaurs that escaped extinction 65 million years ago. Today, there are an astounding 18,000 bird species on Earth, demonstrating the dramatic extent to which dinosaurs still inhabit the planet.

Despite their ubiquity, the origin and early evolution of birds is still not well understood. Thankfully, a slew of new fossil discoveries over the past few decades, mostly from China, have offered important new insights into this critical stage of dinosaur evolution. The latest development in this area, the details of which were published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the discovery of a 127-million-year-old bird fossil found near the village of Shixia in China's Hebei Province…."

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Armand

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member24 Sep 2018 11:04 p.m. PST

Did it taste like chicken, I wonder?

Dan

Stryderg25 Sep 2018 6:08 a.m. PST

Yes, that's why they are extinct.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2018 11:43 a.m. PST

(smile)

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