Photo: New "Mini" Dinosaur a Step in Bird Evolution Path



The newfound dinosaur Mahakala omnogovae bears feathers and winglike limbs in this artist's reconstruction.

The 80-million-year-old creature measured just 27.5 inches (70 centimeters) long, which means that it could be a key piece of the evolutionary puzzle of how massive dinosaurs gave rise to today's birds.

Image © Frank Ippolito 2007


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