China at the time of the dinosaurs sparrows were toothy

05.02.2004

05.02.2004


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Chinese and American scientists have found the fossilized remains of an unusual bird, whose age is 125 million years old. "This bird is quite unique," — said paleontologist Luis Chiappe of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. — "In the world of birds and dinosaurs is not known anything like it." He was assisted by researchers from the University of South Carolina, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Capital Normal University in Beijing.

The most interesting feature of fossilized bird the size of a sparrow, discovered in the northeast of China, is a long thin beak-like beak perevozochnika. But unlike the latter at the end of it there are 10 very sharp teeth. Chiappe said that the teeth were many primitive bird, but usually they were distributed around the mouth. In this case, they grew only on the tip.

The bird, which scientists have named Longirostravis hani, supposedly lived on the shore of the lake, breaking the mud in search of insects, crustaceans and worms. The teeth on the end of the beak, must have helped her to retrieve his victims to the surface.

Battery News, 03-02-2004 15:13
Source: NTR.ru

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