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99-million-year-old baby bird found in amber is a fossil like we've never seen before

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Without a doubt, it's an amazing find.

The remains of a baby bird, which lived 99 million years ago side by side with dinosaurs, was discovered encased in amber, according to new study published in the journal Gondwana Research.

But this isn't just any fossil. The hatchling, which belonged to a group of birds known as enantiornithes, is the most complete bird preserved in amber that has ever been found from the Cretaceous period.

Incredibly, most of its skull, neck, part of a wing, hind leg, soft tail tissue, skin and feathers are intact.

It was discovered in the Hukawng Valley in northern Myanmar, which is a hotbed of activity for finding fossils.

The detail on this little baby bird is jaw dropping.

The feathers, as you can see from the group of photos, have a wide range of color from white, brown and grey.

Researchers were able to look at the molding pattern to determine the bird was in its first days or week of life when it got stuck in tree resin, which proved fatal.

h/t: National Geographic


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