Neornithes

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Neornithes

the group containing all birds with the exception of Archaeopteryx.
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"Dinosaurs Among Us" highlights the unbroken line between the charismatic dinosaurs that dominated the planet for about 170,000,000 years and modern birds, a link that is marked by shared features that include feathers, wishbones, enlarged brains, and extremely efficient respiratory systems.
In analyzing modern birds' diets, the team determined that ancestral birds probably ate seeds, Larson says, a hardy food source that could have lasted for decades or longer.
Named Zhenyuanlong suni, the species grew to more than 5ft in length but probably could not fly, at least not using the same type of powerful muscle-driven flight as modern birds, according to the team.
Theropods such as velociraptor and T rex - the species linked to modern birds - were more innovative and adaptable with their habitat and ways of gathering food, a study from Adelaide University has revealed.
They showed that the branch of theropod dinosaurs, which gave rise to modern birds, were the only dinosaurs that kept getting inexorably smaller.
"Based on the discoveries, we know that this Pterosaur lived together with other Pterosaurs and laid its eggs in the bank of the ancient lake, similar (behaviour) to that of some modern birds such as flamingos," explained Xiaolin Wang, a vertebrate paleontologist from Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Living dinosaurs; the evolutionary history of modern birds.
Theropods gave rise to modern birds and included famous names such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor.
Modern birds are used for comparison, but the emphasis is on bones found in archaeological sites, and the goal is to distinguish domesticated birds from their wild relative who might happen to have been nesting, wintering, or migrating at the same place at the same time or perhaps anytime in the next hundred or thousand years.
They include tiny amounts of phosphorous and sulphur, elements that exist in the feathers of modern birds.
In September, paleontologists discovered five new dinosaur fossils in the Liaoning province of China that may prove that modern birds evolved from dinosaurs.