Bird with Long Tail Feathers Wows Scientists

Scientists find a fossil of what looks like a hummingbird with elongated feathers and they pronounce that it’s 115 million years old.  Birds like this exist today (such as the male Anna’s Hummingbird).  Regardless, we get pabulum like this:

“These are weird feathers that occur in extinct birds,” said Richard Prum, a professor of ornithology at Yale University who was not involved with the study. “But they’re on a separate line. They have nothing to do with modern feathers. It’s fascinating.”

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