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University of Chicago

Confuciusornis, Prehistoric Bird of the Cretaceous

Caption: Confuciusornis, an early bird, lived during the early Cretaceous period approximately 120 million years ago. University of Chicago graduate student Jonathan Mitchell has collaborated with Field Museum paleontologist Peter Makovicky on a new study about bird evolution during the Cretaceous.

Credit: Allison Elaine Johnson

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