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‘Bird brains’ evolved before birds: study

New evidence has emerged that puts a dent into the reputation of the famous “first bird” — Archaeopteryx, a feathered descendant of the dinosaurs, which lived around 150 million years ago. Three-dimensional scans of skulls of early birds and dinosaurs suggests that at least a few species of dinos that…

Bird ancestor reclaims its branch on tree of life

Venerated for 150 years as the forebear of all birds until being relegated two years ago to the common class of winged dinosaurs, the Archaeopteryx was restored to its hallowed branch on the tree of life on Wednesday. A fossil find in China proved the winged creature was in fact…