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Early bird? Artist's reconstruction right of a claimed million-year-old avian skeleton left found in China. During the Jurassic period, between about million and million years ago, some meat-eating dinosaurs began evolving birdlike skeletons and sprouting feathers on their bodies. One group of these creatures eventually split off to become birds, although researchers have long debated which one it was and when it actually happened.

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Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news. Last May, researchers unveiled the chicken-size dinosaur-like Aurornis xui. The fossil depicts the most primitive bird documented so far, though maybe not the oldest, as first suspected. Researchers bought the specimen from a dealer and are determining whether the bird is million years old, as claimed — or if it is actually 35 million years younger. No matter its age, the new fossil sheds light on how dinosaurs evolved into birds, says study co-author Andrea Cau of the Museo Geologico Giovanni Capellini in Italy.

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Aurornis xui – New Candidate for Oldest Bird

A prehistoric beast the size of a pheasant has become a contender for the title of oldest bird to stalk the Earth. The small, feathered "Dawn" bird lived around m years ago, about 10m years before Archaeopteryx , which holds the official title of the earliest bird known to science. The new species, which scientists have named Aurornis xui , had claws and a long tail, with front and hind legs similar to those of Archaeopteryx, but some features of its bones were more primitive. It measured 50cm from its beak to the tip of its tail. Encased in sedimentary rock, the fossil preserved traces of downy feathers along the animal's tail, neck and chest, but the absence of larger feathers suggests it was not able to fly. When scientists reconstructed the evolutionary tree of similar beasts using measurements from their skeletons, A xui appeared on the bird lineage, but closer to the base of the tree than Archaeopteryx. Archaeopteryx holds a prized position in evolutionary history.

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Aurornis is an extinct genus of avialan theropod dinosaurs and, perhaps, one of the very first. It contains a single species, Aurornis xui, described based on a fossil found in the Tiaojishan Formation of Liaoning, China, in rocks dated to the late Jurassic period Oxfordian stage , about million years ago. Archaeopteryx is a genus of early bird that is transitional between feathered dinosaurs and modern birds and long considered the first of its kind. However, older avialans have since been identified, including Anchiornis, Xiaotingia, and Aurornis.

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