52-million-year-old bird holds clues to perching evolution

Most of the birds you've ever seen—sparrows, finches, robins, crows—have one crucial thing in common: they're all what scientists refer to as perching birds, or "passerines." The passerines make up about 6,500 of the 10,000 bird species alive today. But while they're everywhere now, they were once rare, and scientists are still learning about their origins. In a new paper in Current Biology, researchers have announced the discovery of one of the earliest known passerine birds, from 52 million years ago.

52-million-year-old bird holds clues to perching evolution

Very early passerine adds to sparse fossil record. Nick Carne reports.

Thu 7 Feb 19 from Cosmos Magazine

52-million-bird fossil found with feathers still attached

A 52-million-year fossil of a "perching bird" has been found in Wyoming with its feathers still attached, a discovery that "no one's ever seen before."

Fri 8 Feb 19 from FOXNews

Ancestor to modern day sparrows and finches flew around Earth 52 million years ago

Scientists at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago discovered that an ancestor to the modern day crow, finch and robin was alive 52 million years ago but was 'extremely rare'.

Thu 7 Feb 19 from Daily Mail

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