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Cretaceous birds were thought to have small bills—except this one – Ars Technica

This creature lived long before modern birds evolved large beaks.

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Enlarge/ Artist’s depiction of Falcatakely forsterae.
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Given the unusual attention granted to turkeys this week, lets talk dinosaurs. Todays birds are, of course, descendants of the only branch of the dino tree that made it through the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. In the dinosaurs halcyon days, the early birds were a bit different, still retaining teeth and foreclaws among some subtler anatomical differences with their modern descendant. A new fossil find reveals…

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