Chinese fossils reveal that ancient birds had feathers on their legs, prompting some to call them four-winged birds. Some scientists think these wings helped the birds to fly, while others think they were used in courtship.
Reconstructing ancient life has long required a certain degree of imagination. This is especially true when considering the coloration of long-extinct organisms. However, new methods of investigation are being incorporated .
"Thanks to a gift by Robert Hazen, this fossil of a new Apianurus species is now a part of the Museum's collection. This beautiful fossil was discovered by paleontologist Jake Skabelund in 2011 at the Walcott-Rust Quarry in New York.