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“Starling” type of bird lived alongside dinosaurs?

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Hongshanornis longicresta/ Chiappe et al.

From a 90% complete skeleton from 125 mya (60 m years before T. Rex), first example announced in 2005, researchers learned:

The flying style is far closer to that found in modern birds than what was supposed of ancient flyers — which have been thought to rely more on gliding due to a lack of enough muscle mass in flying appendages to achieve flapping bursts.

“This isn’t a mode of flight we expected from Cretaceous birds,” Habib said, adding that its small size and overall shape are comparable to that of modern birds. “It was pretty much a Cretaceous starling with a larger tail like a mockingbird.”

Transported to the modern world, it wouldn’t look like anything special to the casual observer, until a closer examination revealed claws at the end of the bird’s wings and tiny teeth in its beak.

So basically, this is a “bird” bird that lived 125 million years ago, a contemporary of all those “feathers for T. Rex” dinosaurs who maybe don’t matter much any more.

Pause a moment to take that in, shall we? A mostly normal bird among all the feathered dinoflaps. The past sure isn’t what it used to be.

Oh, but anyway Michael Cremo is still wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

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2 Replies to ““Starling” type of bird lived alongside dinosaurs?

  1. 1
    Florabama says:

    Where does is this relative to archaeopteryx?

  2. 2
    News says:

    His agent can’t get him top bookings any more:
    http://phenomena.nationalgeogr.....continues/

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