Archaeornithura meemannae: Earliest Known Ancestor of Modern Birds Discovered in China

An international team of paleontologists has described a new ornithuromorph bird that lived during the Hauterivian stage of the Early Cretaceous epoch, approximately 131 million years ago. The new bird belongs to Ornithuromorpha, a clade of birds that contains all extinct and extant species but not the Mesozoic Enantiornithes. Until now the earliest record of this [...] —> Read More