*Oldest known bird?*

To: John Gamblin <>
Subject: *Oldest known bird?*
From: Peter Woodall <>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 13:53:04 +1000
At 20:23 10/10/2001 -0700, you wrote:
>G'day All,
>Could anyone on the world's best bird email list give
>me info on whether or not Archaeoptrex lithographica
>is still considered to be the world's oldest known
>Many thanks,
>John A. Gamblin feeling quite olde .....
Hi John

I think that Archaeopteryx, at 150 m years Before Present,
is the earliest known bird.... but I stand to be corrected.

There is a v. good article on the early dinosaur/birds and
the evolution of feathers and flight in
National Geographic, July 1998 194(1): 74-99.


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