Shortening tails gave earliest birds evolutionary advantage, study finds

It was during the Cretaceous Period that the earliest birds, such as Confuciusornis, Eoenantiornis, and Hongshanornis lived alongside their dinosaur kin.

Shortening tails gave earliest birds evolutionary advantage, study finds

Science Recorder | Jonathan Marker | Wednesday, August 14, 2013

According to a University of Oxford press release dated August 13, a research team led by scientists from the prestigious British university discovered that, after examining fossils from the Cretaceous Period (145-66 million years ago), a fundamental shortening of the bony tails of the earliest birds caused the development of versatile legs and gave these animals an evolutionary edge... To continue reading, subscribe to Science Recorder today.

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