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Paleontologists find Cretaceous-era baby bird trapped in amber

Paleontologists find Cretaceous-era baby bird trapped in amber

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June 9 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered the remains of a Cretaceous-era baby bird inside a piece of 99-million-year-old amber. The amber fossil was found in Myanmar and purchased by scientists from local amber hunters.The baby bird became trapped in tree sap just a few days after hatching. The resin hardened into amber, preserving roughly roughly half of the tiny bird, including its neck bones, claws, a single wing and toothed jaws. It's the most complete Burmese amber fossil yet recovered.Scientists say the specimen belonged to a group of birds called Enantiornithes, which disappeared along with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago."Enantiornithines are close relatives to modern birds, and in general, they would have looked very similar. However, this group of birds still had teeth ...