As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

New Specimen of Oldest Known Bird Discovered

(CN) – A newly described fossil of the oldest known bird is the most senior specimen of the species found so far, according to a study published Friday in the journal PeerJ.

Roaming Earth roughly 150 million years ago, Archaeopteryx inhabited a subtropical landscape in Bavaria, Germany, characterized by reef islands and lagoons nestled within a shallow sea that was once part of the Mediterranean.

The new fossil, which is the 11th Archaeopteryx specimen found so far, has features that are distinct from other specimens found. The discovery will also enable researchers to differentiate between bird-like dinosaurs and their closest relatives.

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