>From Ben Creisler email@example.com
In case these news items have not been mentioned yet. The
first is undoubtedly legit...can't vouch for the second
one at present:
Fossil of new bird species discovered in N. China
The remains of a new species of 100-million-year-old bird
have been found in a fossil rich area of northeastern
China's Liaoning Province, a Chinese archaeologist said
"The bird is different from other known birds of the
Mesozoic Era (seven million-120 million years ago) at the
medium to small size range with a distinct thorn-like
process on its nose, which has never been found among
other known fossil birds," said Dr. Li Li from the
Institute of Mesozoic Paleontology of Western Liaoning of
the Shenyang Normal University.
The findings give scientists a further opportunity to
examine the diversity of early birds, said Li.
Li and her colleagues unearthed the fossil last October at
the Dapingfang Town in the west of Liaoning where the
remains of dinosaurs, fish and early bird species have
also been found.
"We discovered the fossil about 16 meters underground and
it immediately aroused our great interest as its nose was
unusually long," said Dr. Li.
The well-preserved remains include a complete skeleton
with a skull. The total length of the bird fossil is 216
millimeters and its head is 28 millimeters with a high
crista, said Li, adding the bird was named as
Dapingfangornis after the place where it was found.
The long tail feathers of the bird indicated it was male
and its toothed jaws and strong ungula feet proved that it
was small and carnivorous, said Li.
In addition, many fragmentary skeletons of fish and small
reptiles were preserved under the feet of the
Dapingfangornis, which indicates that the bird liked
eating animals alive, said Li.
Li's findings have been published in the February English
version of ACTA Geologica Sinica, a monthly by the
Geological Society of China.
February 21, 2006]
MAN MAY HAVE FOUND `MISSING LINK' BETWEEN DINOSAURS AND
(New Zealand Press Association Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)
Wellington, Feb 21 NZPA - A Napier amateur palaeontologist
has found a rare fossil he believes could prove to be one
of the missing links between dinosaurs and birds.
Trevor Crabtree, who has previously uncovered many
fossilised remains in the Napier/Wairoa region, estimates
his latest find -- going by the skin and feather quills --
lived 130 million years ago, which dates it to the
``By the tail alone, it can be seen it is from the
pteredon family,'' he told Hawke's Bay Today.
``Pteredons were flying reptiles, but this one has the
wings of a bird.''
He said the only record that he could locate of a similar
find linking flying reptiles and birds was a possible
discovery in China.
``The problem is that the evolutionary lines are too
diverse and there are too many gaps in the fossil records.
``The connecting links have still to be discovered.''
Mr Crabtree's find has been scanned and an X-ray sent to
Auckland in an attempt to further unlock its secrets.
Photos have also been e-mailed to palaeontologists
throughout the world to establish whether anything similar
has been found.