[CT Birds] NYTimes An Ancient Step Toward Modern Birds: Anchiornis
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Fri Jan 5 17:18:27 EST 2018
As you warm up at home:
An Ancient Step Toward Modern Birds.
Trilobites, By NICHOLAS BAKALAR DEC. 15, 2017
Anchiornis was a feathered dinosaur, about the size of a pigeon and incapable of flight. Its wings say a lot about how birds came to be.
"Anchiornis (the name means “near bird”) was about 14 inches long from its beak to the end of its tail, barely larger than a pigeon but much more impressive. It had long feathers on its four wings, and its appendages ended in claws. Anchiornis did not, however, have the reverse toe of modern birds that allows them to perch. It climbed trees, hanging on with all four feet."
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