Scientists unearth ‘most bird-like’ dinosaur ever found

Researchers in Germany have unearthed a new species of flying dinosaur that flapped its wings like a raven and could hold vital clues as to how modern-day birds evolved from their reptilian ancestors. For more than a century and a half since its discovery in 1861, Archaeopteryx---a small feathered dinosaur around the size of a crow that lived in marshland around 150 million years ago---was widely considered to be the oldest flying bird. Palaeontologists from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich (LMU) and the University of Fribourg examined rock formations in the German region of Bavaria---home to nearly all known Archaeopteryx specimens. They came across a petrified wing, wh...

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