Prehistoric bird fossil found in China

December 15, 2005

The fossil of a previously unknown water bird that lived some 125 million years ago has been found in sandstone near Inner Mongolia in northeast China.

Experts say the new type of wading bird provides important clues to the evolution of later birds, National Geographic News reported Wednesday.

The finely preserved fossil reveals a small relative of modern birds that lived around lakeshores also inhabited by dinosaurs. The bird -- named Hongshanornis longicresta for an early Chinese culture that lived in the same region -- had a distinctive head crest, long legs, short wings and a pointed beak.

Chinese fossil experts Zhonghe Zhou and Fucheng Zhang, members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, describe the discovery in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

Explore further: Tiny dinosaur may have dazzled mates with rainbow ruff and a bony crest

Related Stories

Fatty bird gland preserved over 48 million years

October 18, 2017

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the U.S., Ireland, Germany and the U.K. has found evidence of preservation of a fatty oil gland from a 48-million-year-old fossilized bird. In their paper published in Proceedings of ...

Recommended for you

Looking to the sun to create hydrogen fuel

January 18, 2018

When Lawrence Livermore scientist Tadashi Ogitsu leased a hydrogen fuel-cell car in 2017, he knew that his daily commute would change forever. There are no greenhouse gases that come out of the tailpipe, just a bit of water ...

A new, dynamic view of chromatin movements

January 18, 2018

In cells, proteins tightly package the long thread of DNA into pearl necklace-like complexes known as chromatin. Scientists at EPFL show for the first time how chromatin moves, answering longstanding questions about how its ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.