1. Fossil 'wonderchicken' could be earliest known fowl  BBC News
  2. Late Cretaceous neornithine from Europe illuminates the origins of crown birds  Nature.com
  3. ‘Wonderchicken’ fossil from Belgium reveals dawn of modern birds  Cyprus Mail
  4. ‘Wonderchicken’ is the earliest known modern bird at nearly 67 million years old  Science News
  5. 'Wonderchicken': oldest fossil of modern bird discovered  The Guardian
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A newly discovered fossil bird could be the oldest-known ancestor of every chicken on the planet.A newly discovered fossil bird could be the oldest-known ancestor of every chicken on the planet.

Fossil 'wonderchicken' could be earliest known fowl - BBC News

Our understanding of the earliest stages of crown bird evolution is hindered by an exceedingly sparse avian fossil record from the Mesozoic era. The most ancient phylogenetic divergences among crown birds are known to have occurred in the Cretaceous period1–3, but stem-lineage representatives of the deepest subclades of crown birds—Palaeognathae (ostriches and kin), Galloanserae (landfowl and waterfowl) and Neoaves (all other extant birds)—are unknown from the Mesozoic era. As a result, key questions related to the ecology4,5, biogeography3,6,7 and divergence times1,8–10 of ancestral crown birds remain unanswered. Here we report a new Mesozoic fossil that occupies a position close to the last common ancestor of Galloanserae and fills a key phylogenetic gap in the early evolutionary history of crown birds10,11. Asteriornis maastrichtensis, gen. et sp. nov., from the Maastrichtian age of Belgium (66.8–66.7 million years ago), is represented by a nearly complete, three-dimensionally preserved skull and associated postcranial elements. The fossil represents one of the only well-supported crown birds from the Mesozoic era12, and is the first Mesozoic crown bird with well-represented cranial remains. Asteriornis maastrichtensis exhibits a previously undocumented combination of galliform (landfowl)-like and anseriform (waterfowl)-like features, and its presence alongside a previously reported Ichthyornis-like taxon from the same locality13 provides direct evidence of the co-occurrence of crown birds and avialan stem birds. Its occurrence in the Northern Hemisphere challenges biogeographical hypotheses of a Gondwanan origin of crown birds3, and its relatively small size and possible littoral ecology may corroborate proposed ecological filters4,5,9 that influenced the persistence of crown birds through the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. A newly discovered fossil from the Cretaceous of Belgium is the oldest modern bird ever found, showing a unique combination of features and suggesting attributes shared by avian survivors of the end-Cretaceous extinction.A newly discovered fossil from the Cretaceous of Belgium is the oldest modern bird ever found, showing a unique combination of features and suggesting attributes shared by avian survivors of the end-Cretaceous extinction.

Late Cretaceous neornithine from Europe illuminates the origins of crown birds | Nature

The fossil, from Belgium, has been dated back to almost 67 million years ago - meaning that the birds lived alongside dinosaurs for around a million years before the latter died out.The fossil, from Belgium, has been dated back to almost 67 million years ago - meaning that the birds lived alongside dinosaurs for around a million years before the latter died out.

Scientists discover the oldest fossil of a modern bird | Daily Mail Online

A fossil unearthed in Belgium dubbed the Wonderchicken is providing a rare glimpse into the early evolution of modern birds at the twilight of the age of dinosaurs, right before an asteroid impact altered the course of life on Earth.A fossil unearthed in Belgium dubbed the "Wonderchicken" is providing a rare glimpse into the early evolution of modern birds at the twilight of the age of dinosaurs, right before an asteroid impact altered the course of life on Earth.

Wonderchicken' fossil from Belgium reveals dawn of modern birds - Science & Tech - The Jakarta Post

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'Wonderchicken': oldest fossil of modern bird discovered | Birds | The Guardian

The oldest fossil of a modern bird yet found, dating from the age of dinosaurs, has been identified by an international team of palaeontologists.

'Wonderchicken' fossil from the age of dinosaurs reveals origin of modern birds

Paleontologists have stumbled across the oldest fossil of a modern bird identified to-date, and while the name they've given it might be silly, the implicationsPaleontologists have stumbled across the oldest fossil of a modern bird identified to-date, and while the name they’ve given it might be silly, the implications for this “Wonderchicken&…

Meet Wonderchicken, a paleontology marvel. No, seriously - SlashGear

Its skull was found in a chunk of rock that went overlooked for nearly two decades.Its skull was found in a chunk of rock that went overlooked for nearly two decades.

A fantastic fossil found in Belgium is offering new insights into the ancient birds that gave rise to the ones still around today. A fantastic fossil found in Belgium is offering new insights into the ancient birds that gave rise to the ones still around today.

Fossil Reveals 'Wonderchicken,' the Earliest Known Modern Bird

Scientists have identified the oldest fossil ever found of a modern bird. The fossil, found in a limestone quarry near the Belgian-Dutch border, dates from less than one million years before the asteroid impact which eliminated all large dinosaurs. A research team, led by Cambridge University, identified a near-complete 66.7-million-year-old bird skull within the rock.Scientists have identified the oldest fossil ever found of a modern bird. The fossil, found in a limestone quarry near the Belgian-Dutch border, dates from less than one million years before the

Oldest fossil of modern bird identified by scientists | London Evening Standard

That settles it: The wonderchicken came first.That settles it: The wonderchicken came first.

Scientists discover 'Wonderchicken,' the oldest modern bird fossil - CNET

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A new fossil find, dubbed the Wonderchicken, is a common ancestor of modern ducks and chickens.

‘Wonderchicken’ is now the earliest known modern bird | Science News

A "wonderchicken" fossil unearthed in a quarry is one of the best preserved of all time and could help us discover how modern birds evolved.A "wonderchicken" fossil unearthed in a quarry is one of the best preserved of all time and could help us discover how modern birds evolved.

'Wonderchicken' fossil could help reveal how modern birds evolved

A tiny fossil skull nicknamed “Wonderchicken” is giving scientists a rare glimpse at early ancestors of today's birds. With a face like those of today's chicken-like birds and a back portion like that of living duck-like birds, Wonderchicken is " down near the bottom of the modern-birdA tiny fossil skull nicknamed “Wonderchicken” is giving scientists a rare glimpse at early ancestors of today's birds. With a face like those of today's chicken-like birds and a back portion like that of living duck-like birds, Wonderchicken is " down near the bottom of the modern-bird

'Wonderchicken' fossil reveals ancestor of today's birds

A 66-million-year-old fossil could help explain why some species survived the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs.A 66-million-year-old fossil could help explain why some species survived the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs.

'Wonderchicken' fossil could reveal why birds outlived other dinosaurs - CSMonitor.com

A perfectly preserved fossil skull has been found in EuropeA perfectly preserved fossil skull has been found in Europe

The 'wonderchicken' was a modern bird that walked among the dinosaurs | Metro News

The creature's discovery helps explain how birds survived the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs.The creature's discovery helps explain how birds survived the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs.

Meet the ‘Wonderchicken,’ the oldest-ever bird fossil discovery