An ancient bird found encased in amber had a bizarrely long toe

Extended digits might have helped the critter snag food in hard-to-reach places

Elektorornis chenguangi

LONGFINGER  Elektorornis chenguangi, a newly identified species of bird that lived about 99 million years ago (shown in an artist’s reconstruction), had a bizarrely long third digit on its foot. The extra-long toe may have helped in foraging for food.

Zhongda Zhang/Current Biology

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