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New View: Fossil offers novel look at an ancient bird

8:38am, November 30, 2005

A newly described specimen of an ancient creature that most scientists consider the oldest known bird is posed in a way that provides new viewing angles for several body features. Analyses of those traits bolster the notion that the 150-million-year-old creature, Archaeopteryx, as well as other birds, evolved from theropod dinosaurs, a team of scientists suggests.

Many studies of previously described Archaeopteryx fossils, especially cranial scans that depict the creature's braincase and inner ear (SN: 8/7/04, p. 86: Available to subscribers at Bird Brain? Cranial scan of fossil hints at flight capability), indicate that

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