Modern Birds Linked to a Common Ancestor that Rose Out of South America 90 Million Years Ago


A new study led by the American Museum of Natural History links modern birds to a "feathered father" that lived in South America some 90 million years ago. Prior reports suggested that the founding bird lived up to 170 million years ago during the Jurassic Period.

“This ancestor would have looked like a bird, not like a dinosaur, and might have been capable of full flight, like many other birds from the Late Cretaceous,” co-author Joel Cracraft of the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Ornithology told Discovery News.

As reported in Discovery News on December 11, 2015.

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