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In recent years, ancient creatures found in amber have attracted the attention of many netizens. A team of Chinese and foreign scientists once again announced that they have discovered traces of a 100-million-year-old pocket raptor in amber, providing key information for us to further understand the evolution of ancient birds.

Scientists discover 100-million-year-old pocket raptor

A team of Chinese and foreign scientists announced the discovery of a very special ancient bird fossil in amber. Its details are of great significance to our understanding of the diversity of ancient birds and the evolution of feathers. The research was led by Associate Professor Xing Lida of China University of Geosciences (Beijing), Niu Kecheng, Executive Director of the Yingliang World Stone Natural History Museum, Professor Ryan McKellar of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Canada, Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleozoology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Scholars such as Zou Jingmei, an American researcher at the Institute of Anthropology, jointly conducted research. The research paper was published in the internationally renowned academic journal Scientific Reports, a subsidiary of Nature Group.

In 2016, Xing Lida’s team discovered the world’s first ancient bird wings and dinosaurs in amber, and subsequently discovered nestlings, complete ancient birds, frogs and snakes in amber. “Over the past three years, Burmese amber from about 100 million years ago has produced a series of immature enantiornithine skeletons with varying stages of development and completeness. As more and more fossils are discovered The discovery that this ancient bird fauna is gradually taking shape has greatly deepened our understanding of ancient birds, especially enantiornithes.” Xing Lida said.

The newly discovered ancient bird amber is collected by the Yingliang World Stone Natural History Museum in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province. The Yingliang specimen does not preserve many foot bones, but the outline of the bird’s foot is recorded in detail by the skin, and there are a large number of hairs on the surface of the skin of the preserved ancient bird’s feet. In addition, the specimen is also preserved Very rare rachis dominant feather.

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