Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 27, 2018

Feathered Fossil Shakes Up Bird Family Tree

BBC reports

A beautifully preserved fossil bird from 52 million years ago is shaking up the family tree of the exotic birds.

The fossil’s weird features suggests it is the earliest known living relative not just of the turacos, but of cuckoos and bustards (large long-legged birds).

And the fact the remains were unearthed in North America shows the distribution of different birds around the globe would have been very different in the past.

Read story at Bird family tree shaken by discovery of feathered fossil – BBC News


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