Thursday, May 29, 2014 – While birds today come in a stunning variety of color, shapes, sizes, and capabilities, that may not have been true 120 million years ago. Phys.org has an article on a recently published study on the “low ecological disparity in Early Cretaceous birds.”

The study can be found here, and was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B by University of Chicago graduate student Jonathan Mitchell and The Field Museum paleontologist Peter Makovicky.

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Striking Lack of Diversity in the Earliest Birds

Confuciusornis. Photo by: Allison Elaine Johnson