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The "Scanish Swift", a fossil Swift from 49 million years ago and the oldest known Swift. (Scaniacypselus szarskii; Apodidae; Mayr & Peters 1999) http://www.swift-conservation.org/PhotoGallery..htm …

The "Scanish Swift, a fossil swift 49 million years old found in Germany - Photo Ulrich Tigges Photo Gallery

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.  Science/AAAS/LiveScience

Four-winged birds? Feathery-legged fossils date back to dinosaur days.

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.

A new technique — which can also be used for dinosaurs, one paleontologist said — led to the discovery of key proteins within the old feathers.

This ancient Chinese bird kept its feathers, and colors, for 130 million years

An international team of paleontologists has found evidence of beta-keratin and melanosome preservation in a specimen of the Early Cretaceous bird Eoconfuciusornis.

Taking a deeper look at 'ancient wing'. The fossil feather and skeleton of the iconic dinosaur Archaeopteryx.

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 .

FOSSIL of a primitive bird confuciusornis sanctus, 125 million years ago

The fossil of a primitive bird, Confuciusornis sanctus, that existed 125 to 120 million years ago.

Keichousaurus fossil

Keichousaurus fossil

Instead of two wings, the first birds might have used four feathered limbs to stay aloft, according to research published today in Science. Read more  http://www.nature.com/news/early-birds-flew-on-four-wings-1.12613

Arm and leg feathers in a fossil of the basal bird Sapeornis. (STMN) March 2013 Did Four-Winged Birds and Dinos Fly the Ancient Skies? By Jennie Cohen 0

This fearsome fossilized fish is preserved at the Sternberg Museum in Hays, Kansas.  Posted by mike 11:03 AM | Comments/Permalink (0)  Categories: Nature | top of page

This fearsome fossilized fish is preserved at the Sternberg Museum in Hays, Kansas.

Parargornis messelensis, bird from Messel (Eocene). Jura Museum, Eichstatt, Germany

Parargornis messelensis, bird from Messel (Eocene). Jura Museum, Eichstatt, Germany

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Remains of oldest known relative of modern birds discovered in China

Remains of oldest known relative of modern birds discovered in China

A close up of the feathers on the wings. Fossils of the early bird Archaeornithura meemannae.

"Welcome home to one of the rarest trilobites in the world. 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." --Deep Time at the Smithsonian Facebook Page:

"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.

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