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New Fossil Fills Gap in Bird Evolution

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Science  12 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5502, pp. 225
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5502.225A

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Evidence bearing on the origin of modern birds has been frustratingly scarce. But an 80-million-year-old bird from Mongolia may be about to change all that. Described in this week's issue of Nature, the Late Cretaceous fossil is the best preserved close relative of modern birds found in more than a century, and is already turning up some surprises.