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oldest known bird fossils from New



http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/02/080222-seabird-fossils.html

Dino-Era Seabird Fossils Found in New Zealand Dave Hansford for National
Geographic News

February 22, 2008

The oldest known bird fossils from New Zealand were recently unearthed along
a remote stretch of beach on the Chatham Islands, researchers announced. 

The fossils represent possibly four new species of seabirds dating back to
the late Cretaceous period, around 65 million years ago. 
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remains from the same blocks of fossil-laden sandstone suggest that the
birds co-existed with marine and terrestrial dinosaurs. 

"This is New Zealand's oldest fossil aviary, and it has implications for the
origin of modern seabirds," said excavation leader Jeffrey Stilwell of
Monash University in Australia. 



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