Dino-era birds were real birds much earlier than evolutionists once thought. A fossil and other remains of a “120 million year old” bird found in China included a pellet that was full of fish bones.
Here’s the gist of the story, courtesy of Science Daily:
“About 120 million years ago, a bird dunked its beak into the water, caught a fish and, after digesting the meal, coughed up a pellet full of fish bones. The bird died moments later, but now its fossils are the oldest evidence of a bird pellet on record, a new study reported.”
The discovery suggests that at least some birds have had very modern bird-like traits and habits for far longer than researchers previously thought:
“The pellet — the first that is unambiguously from a bird that lived during the Mesozoic, the age of the dinosaurs — indicates that the ancient bird had a two-chambered stomach, much like birds do today, the researchers said.
Modern-day birds, including many birds of prey, produce pellets made up of indigestible material, such as bones, hair and feathers.”