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Prehistoric birds lacked in diversity

May 28, 2014

illustration of Jeholornis, a cretacic bird Birds come in astounding variety--from hummingbirds to emus--and behave in myriad ways: They soar the skies, swim the waters, and forage the forests. But this wasn't always the case, according to research by scientists at the University of Chicago and the Field Museum. Full Story

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