Exceedingly well-preserved bird fossil specimens dating 50 million years represent a new species that is a previously unknown relative of the modern-day ostrich, according to a new paper co-authored by Sterling Nesbitt of Virginia Tech’s College of.
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 .
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.
Fossil Ida: Extraordinary find is 'missing link' in evolution
A mummified dinosaur, unwrapped from the rocks of Montana, has revealed how the creature looked and how it lived 77 million years ago — down to the texture of its skin and the contents of its stomach, scientists say.