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Fossil Bird From China Turns Tail, Spills Guts

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Science  26 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5581, pp. 495
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5581.495a

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In the 25 July issue of Nature, two Chinese paleontologists describe one of the most primitive birds ever discovered, Jeholornis. The bird's peculiar tail underscores the now-common theme of kinship with dinosaurs. So well-preserved is the turkey-sized specimen that even its last meal is plain to be seen.