Big problems, tiny dinosaur

Not a bird or even a dinosaur

Let’s start with the scientific side. The authors of the original publication, the staff of the Institute of vertebrate paleontology and paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, headed by Xing Lida (Lida Xing) and Cinma O’connor (Jingmai O’connor), came to the conclusion that their finding — it is dubbed Oculudentavis khaungraae, “big-eyed and sharp-toothed bird” — refers to birds in the broad sense of the word, and birds are dinosaurs. Paleontologists have built phylogenetic trees using different methods and agreed that Oculudentavis to modern birds closer than the famous Archaeopteryx, but farther from them, than primitive jeholornis.

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