The new fossil, named Cratonavis zhui, may shed new light on the evolution of modern birds. The fossil of this bird was discovered during an excavation in northern China. This information is included in a study published this month in Nature Ecology & Evolution.
The study documented that Cratonavis zhui had a bird-like body due to its “surprisingly long” shoulder blades and metatarsal bones. The help of technology was taken to study the fossil. The researchers first performed a high-resolution CT scan. The special thing is that during this time the fossil was present where it was discovered. Following this, the researchers digitally separated their bones. After this, the researchers reconstructed the shape of the skull and the functions of the fossil. The scientists found that the skull of the fossil is not like the skull of birds, it is similar to the skull of dinosaurs like T.rex.
It is noteworthy that millions of years ago, dinosaurs lived on earth. The tragedy that occurred when a devastating asteroid hit the earth is believed to have wiped out the existence of the dinosaurs. Last year, too, the scientists had great success. He had found the foot of a dinosaur. It was largely preserved. Scientists believe this is the first fossil associated with a catastrophic asteroid. This fossil was discovered at the Tanis Fossil Site in North Dakota, USA. Skin from the feet was attached to it. Scientists hope that this fossil can shed light on the actual incident that happened to the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Find out what really happened when a giant asteroid hit Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs.
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