This ancient fowl bit like a dinosaur and pecked like a bird

New fossil leads to the most detailed 3-D reconstruction of Ichthyornis dispar’s skull

Ichthyornis dispar skull and illustration

BIRD BEAK  Using fossils of an ancient toothed bird (illustrated at right), scientists made a 3-D reconstruction of the bird’s skull (left), revealing the animal had a small, pincerlike beak at the tip of its snout.

Michael Hanson and B.-A. Bhullar

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