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99 million year old bird's Fossil discovered with unusually long toes

Researchers found fossilised remains of an ancient bird that had middle toes longer than its lower legs in Myanmar. Palaeontologist Jingmai O’Connor says the leg of a 99-million-year-old bird preserved in amber shows a foot morphology unlike any known previously. The foot was so distinctive that the team declared the bird a new species & named it 'Elektorornis chenguangi.' It's the1st bird species recognized from amber.