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Bird fossil found with unusually long toes 99 million years ago

File photo of an artist reconstruction of Elektorornis chenguangi . Washington DC: Researchers discovered a bird foot 99 million years ago that had an oversized third toe. This is the first time that such a foot structure has been observed in extinct or live birds. The study published in the journal Current Biology suggested that this bird used its toes …

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Fossil of a 99 million year old bird with giant toe found in Burma

Scientists believe that the bird used its toes to hook maggots out of tree trunks – Zhongda Zhang / Current Biology The amber remains of an ancient 99-million-year-old bird with a crazy long toe were found in a piece of amber from Burma. Researchers found that the third digit of the sparrow-like creature's foot was 9.8 millimeters long, 41 percent …

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Fossil of a 99 million year old bird with giant toe found in Burma

Scientists believe that the bird used its toes to hook maggots out of tree trunks – Zhongda Zhang / Current Biology The amber remains of an ancient 99-million-year-old bird with a crazy long toe were found in a piece of amber from Burma. Researchers found that the third digit of the sparrow-like creature's foot was 9.8 millimeters long, 41 percent …

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An exotic-looking orange bird turned out to be a curry-covered seagull

It was unclear what was going on with the feathered Phoenix, and animal rescuers were not sure what to expect at first. "This is one of the strangest casualties we've seen for some time!" explained a Facebook post from Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital where the bird was shot. According to the hospital in Buckinghamshire, UK, the bird somehow dipped in curry …

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The first giant bird found in Europe lived alongside early humans

Experts in the Crimea have found a fossil of a giant bird that lived about 1.6 to 1.8 million years ago. The find shows that giant birds were once native to Europe and that they first lived north of the equator. It also enables experts to better understand the environment in which early humans lived on the European continent. The …

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Huge bird may have lived alongside early humans

That's a damn big drumstick! A very large bird weighing about half a ton and nearly 12 feet tall – the first of its size ever discovered in the northern hemisphere – may have lived alongside early humans. Researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences have recently discovered a fossil in the Taurida Cave in Crimea, which belongs to the …

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A giant 11-foot bird discovered in Europe weighed nearly half a ton

Regarding feathered animals, Pachystruthio dmanisensis was a monster. With an estimated mass of about 450 kilograms (almost half a ton), a 150-kilogram adult ostrich – the largest living bird in the world – would look like a canary. Larger birds have existed, but it is not so much its size that distinguishes this flightless bird, but the unexpected location where …

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