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Featured Fossil Archive

 

This page links to past Featured Fossils of all geological time periods.

The Last Featured Fossil....

 

Fossil Type:

Bird

Name:

Cathyornis sp.

Formation:

Jiufotang

Age:

Aptian, Early Cretaceous

Location:

Liaoning Province, China

Notes:

Liaoning’s lake deposits are an amazing window into the Early Cretaceous (geologists call it a lagerstätte). This sparrow-sized Cathyornis had small teeth and ate insects and perhaps small fish. Some (but not all) of its skeletal elements are like modern birds. Cincinnati Museum center specimen.

Date Posted:

July 29, 2014

 

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