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Researchers Announce Discovery Of Skulls Of Bizarre Animals Showing Advanced Stage In Transition Between Dinosaurs And Birds

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March 24, 1998
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American Museum Of Natural History
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A team of researchers from the American Museum of Natural History and George Washington University have announced the discovery of the first known skulls of a bizarre group of ancient animals called the Alvarezsauridae. This group (which includes the creature called Mononykus), is of special interest because it provides further evidence in support of the theory that birds evolved from dinosaurs and reveals an advanced stage in this transition.

March 19, 1998--A team of researchers from the American Museum of Natural History and George Washington University announced today in the journal Nature the discovery of the first known skulls of a bizarre group of ancient animals called the Alvarezsauridae. This group (which includes the creature called Mononykus), is of special interest because it provides further evidence in support of the theory that birds evolved from dinosaurs and reveals an advanced stage in this transition. Numerous physical characteristics in the fossil skulls show that these strange creatures were actually early birds, challenging the traditional view that all primitive birds looked similar to their modern-day cousins.


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