What the bones of a baby dinosaur bird can help us grasp about avian evolution

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Ron Meador Courtesy of the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles CountyThe hatchling specimen belonged to a group called the Enantiornithes — the largest and most diverse bird lineage from its chapter in the dinosaur record.If this little birdie strikes you merely as cute, have another look at the feet, with flesh-ripping claws an eagle might covet. And the matching claws at the ends of its … fingers.Wait, wait — fingers on a bird?Not anymore. But back in the days of feathered, flying dinosaurs, the wings did tend to end in fingers, which ended in claws. These birds also had sharp-toothed jaws, according to our rapidly expanding grasp of modern birds’ understudied ancestors. Luckily for other critters, their fierce capability was...

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What the bones of a baby dinosaur bird can help us grasp about avian evolution

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