Ancient bird turns out to be a lizard

A bizarre, extinct animal that puzzled researchers and was previously misidentified as bird has now been classified as a new species of lizard, according to an international team of researchers. The new species, Oculudentavis naga (named in honour of the Naga people of Myanmar and India), has been described in a new paper in Current Biology. The specimen used to … Continue reading Ancient bird turns out to be a lizard

There’s more than one way to grow a beak

A new fossil discovered on the ever-surprising island of Madagascar suggests ancient Mesozoic bird beaks and faces were more diverse and evolved differently than previously thought, scientists report in the journal Nature. Long and deep, the beak resembles that of modern crown birds such as toucans. It belongs to a previously unknown species named Falcatakely forsterae, referring … Continue reading There’s more than one way to grow a beak