June 21, 2006
Bird Find

Been meaning to link this one up, but kept forgetting: scientists in China have discovered a large group of well-preserved fossil birds from the middle Cretaceous period. When combined with earlier bird finds from a different branch of the family tree, it appears to imply that birds split into two main types very early on, one adapted to land, the other to water. Later, perhaps due to the K-T impact, the land branch died out and the water branch moved back to land.

Posted by scott at June 21, 2006 01:07 PM

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No doubt this will be used to show that the area was part of ancestral Chinese lands, and therefore modern China has an incontrovertible claim to the area.

Posted by: DensityDuck on June 22, 2006 12:41 PM
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