O.K. we've got a proto-parrot in the Cretaceous. But what about the other modern birds? Surely a bird so specialized wasn't alone. I can't find reference right now, but there were reports of bits and pieces of other modern birds from the Mesozoic several decades ago: herons, ducks, flamingoes, owls, loons... Later, these finds were discarded and attributed to small theropods, if I can recall. Is it time to reconsider this?
I didn't have time to read this list carefully, lately. So please, excuse me if this issue has already been posted .
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