Saturday, October 3, 2009

dinosaurs and birds, closer than we think.

New evidence has been unearthed that makes the arguments that birds and dinosaurs are closely linked seem more likely.
Non-avian dinosaurs are long extinct, but paleontological thinking about them, especially the dino–bird specimens, clearly continues to evolve long after they are discovered. For instance, the Anchiornis huxleyi, a small, feathered dinosaur, was described last December and assumed to be a transitional species that existed between dinosaurs and birds. But new evidence—and a much better specimen—has revealed that this ambiguous animal actually belongs to the dinosaur clan.

Read the rest at 60 Second Science.

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