Bird with freaky long toes found in 99 million-year-old amber

CNET | 7/11/2019 | Amanda Kooser
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This illustration shows what Elektorornis chenguangi might've looked like and how it could've used its lengthy toes to rustle up num-nums.

Amber is the ancient wonder substance that's brought us a glorious millipede, a spider with a tail, dinosaur-biting ticks and, now, a bizarre bird with toes longer than its lower legs.

Scientists - Foot - Toe - Amber - Myanmar

Scientists were surprised to find the bird foot and its extremely long toe trapped in 99 million-year-old amber from Myanmar, dating from the Cretaceous period.

The bird's leg, foot and left wing tip were trapped in amber millions of years ago.

Amber - Traders - Foot - Lizard - Tree

Amber traders originally thought the foot belonged to a lizard that had been trapped and preserved in the sticky tree resin.

"Although I've never seen a bird claw that looks like this before, I know it's a bird. Like most birds, this foot has four toes, while lizards have five" Lida Xing of the...
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