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High-tech Imaging of Inner Ear Sheds Light on Hearing, Behavior of Oldest Fossil Bird
January 13, 2009
The earliest known bird, the magpie-sized Archaeopteryx, had a similar hearing range to the modern emu, which suggests that the 145 million-year-old creature--despite its reptilian teeth and long tail--was more birdlike than reptilian, according to new research.
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