Sunday, 17 November 2019

Dino-Era Bird In 3d

Image courtesy of Masanori Yoshida, Fair use doctrine.

Joel Kontinen

The bird fossil is l20 million years old, that’s what the experts say.

It is the size of a pigeon. it is named Fukuipteryx prima, and ”displays something found in modern birds that is absent in other early Cretaceous bird fossils: a bony plate near the tail.”

It was found in Japan. Like the Archaeopteryx that is the oldest known bird, Fukuipteryx had an unfused pelvis and a U-shaped wishbone: hallmarks of primitive birds. However, it is more primitive than the bird found in China, Jeholornis. or Eoconfuciusornis zhengi or the soft tissue fund in a 120 million years old bird.

That is what the experts say.

The findings were published online on The findings were published online on 14 November in the journal Communications Biology.


Weisberger, Mindy. 2019.Dinosaur-Era Bird Preserved in 3D Could Rewrite History of Flight. Live Science (14.11.).