Precursor To Hummingbirds: Near-perfect Fossil Specimen Reveals New Species

Superbly fossilized remains of a new species of bird thought to be a precursor to modern hummingbirds and swifts have been discovered by researchers examining a fossil collection from Wyoming.
The nearly complete, palm-sized skeleton of the bird is being lauded for its exceptionally well-preserved feathers, which enable the researchers to reconstruct the size and shape of the bird’s wings in ways not possible with bones alone.
The bird, named Eocypselus rowei, lived roughly 50 million years ago.
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Precursor To Hummingbirds: Near-perfect Fossil Specimen Reveals New Species

Superbly fossilized remains of a new species of bird thought to be a precursor to modern hummingbirds and swifts have been discovered by researchers examining a fossil collection from Wyoming.

The nearly complete, palm-sized skeleton of the bird is being lauded for its exceptionally well-preserved feathers, which enable the researchers to reconstruct the size and shape of the bird’s wings in ways not possible with bones alone.

The bird, named Eocypselus rowei, lived roughly 50 million years ago.

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