There’s more than one way to grow a beak

There’s more than one way to grow a beak

Artist’s reconstruction of the Late Cretaceous bird Falcatakely forsterae. Credit: Mark Witton.

A new fossil discovered on the ever-surprising island of Madagascar suggests ancient Mesozoic bird beaks and faces were more diverse and evolved differently than previously thought, scientists report in the journal Nature.

Long and deep, the beak resembles that of modern crown birds such as toucans. It belongs to a previously unknown species named Falcatakely forsterae, referring to its sickle shape, from the late Cretaceous epoch around 70 to 68 million years ago.


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