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One of world’s oldest bird species found in Waipara, New Zealand

The ancestor of some of the largest flying birds ever has been found in Waipara, New Zealand. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Extinct Caribbean bird yields DNA after 2,500 years in watery grave

Scientists have recovered the first genetic data from an extinct bird in the Caribbean, thanks to the remarkably preserved bones of a Creighton’s caracara from a flooded sinkhole on Great Abaco Island. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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NZ big bird a whopping ‘squawkzilla’

Australasian palaeontologists have discovered the world’s largest parrot, standing up to 1m tall with a massive beak able to crack most food sources. The new bird has been named Heracles inexpectatus to reflect its Herculean myth-like size and strength — … Continue reading

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It would take 50 million years to recover New Zealand’s lost bird species

Half of New Zealand’s birds have gone extinct since humans arrived on the islands. Many more are threatened. Now, researchers estimate that it would take approximately 50 million years to recover the number of bird species lost since humans first … Continue reading

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Bird with unusually long toes found fossilized in amber

Meet the ancient bird that had toes longer than its lower legs. Researchers have discovered a bird foot from 99 million years ago preserved in amber that had a hyper-elongated third toe. The study suggests that this bird might have … Continue reading

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Bird three times larger than ostrich discovered in Crimean cave

A surprise discovery in a Crimean cave suggests that early Europeans lived alongside some of the largest ever known birds, according to new research published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Origins of giant extinct New Zealand bird traced to Africa

Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand’s most mysterious giant flightless bird — the now extinct adzebill — showing that some of its closest living relatives are the pint-sized flufftails from Madagascar and Africa. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Earliest known seed-eating perching bird discovered in Fossil Lake, Wyoming

The ‘perching birds,’ or passerines, are the most common birds in the world today — they include sparrows, robins, and finches. They used to be very rare. Scientists have just discovered some of the earliest relatives of the passerines, including … Continue reading

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First discovered fossil feather did not belong to iconic bird Archaeopteryx

A 150-year-old fossil feather mystery has been solved. Researchers applied a novel imaging technique, laser-stimulated fluorescence, revealing the missing quill of the first fossil feather ever discovered, dethroning an icon in the process. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions

Today’s birds descend from a small number of bird species living before the dinosaur extinction. Some of the birds that went extinct, the enantiornithines, were actually more common than and out-competed modern bird ancestors. Analysis of a newly described fossil, … Continue reading

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