News Reporters Say ”Oldest bird-like dinosaur solves long-standing mystery”
Oldest bird-like dinosaur solves long-standing mystery
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:26 PM on 29th January 2010
A creature with pointed teeth, sharp claws and a confused identity has been shown once and for all to be a dinosaur and not a bird.
Haplocheirus sollers lived 15 million years before the first flying bird, Archaeopteryx, and supports the theory that birds evolved independently from bird-like dinosaurs.
An almost complete fossil skeleton of the 10-foot long dinosaur was unearthed by scientists during an expedition to the Gobi Desert in China in 2004.
Haplocheirus, which lived 160 million years ago, is the oldest known member of an oddball group of bird-like dinosaurs called alvarezsauroids.
Their most distinguishing feature was a single huge claw on each hand that may have been used for digging.
Alvarezsauroids are so bird-like that for many years, since their discovery in the 1920s, experts argued about whether they were really dinosaurs.
Many insisted the later alvarezsauroids, which were smaller than Haplocheirus, were actually flightless birds.
The new fossil settles the dispute, confirming their dinosaur identity without doubt, and also fills an important gap in knowledge about the evolution of birds.
Most scientists believe modern birds are direct descendants of meat-eating two-legged dinosaurs. But there is an alternative view, that birds evolved quite independently.
Those who challenge the “dinobird” theory point to the fact that all the clearest examples of bird-like dinosaurs only appeared millions of years after the Archaeopteryx. Bird evolution had progressed a long way before they even existed.
Haplocheirus bucks this trend, since it lived long before the first bird. Researchers now believe the fossil shows birds and bird-like dinosaurs diverged in the Late Jurassic period, about 160 million years ago.
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Notice the writer of the article, in either his lazy-mindedness or deliberately said, “Researchers now believe” as if he is the spokesperson for all scientists and researchers, and notice he gave no reference for his claim? Notice how he gave no evidence for the “millions” of years old dates he states? This is typical sloppy evolutionary babble and approaches word salad with the haphazard way it was written.