Protoavis


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Protoavis

a controversial fossil from the Triassic, thought by some to be a bird. Its existence some 75 million years before ARCHAEOPTERYX in itself gives cause for some doubt.
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Olson also questions the way Chatterjee has glued and plastered various bones together to construct Protoavis.
While they don't necessarily accept Protoavis as a bird, these researchers think the animal could lie very close to the origin of birds.
However, he suggests Protoavis had many avian features.
Martin argues that even if Protoavis could not fly, it still pushes back the origin of birds to a time much earlier than Archaeopteryx.
As expected, each camp interprets the Protoavis claim differently.
If Protoavis were indeed a bird or a close relative of one, it would push the origin of birds back into the mid-to late-Triassic, a full 75 million years earlier than scientists have previously estimated.