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“Missing link” found between dinosaurs and birds?

A new dinosaur fossil discovered in China has some shed light on the evolution from dinosaur hands to the bones in the wings of today’s birds.

“It’s a really weird animal – it’s got no teeth, had a beak and a very long neck, and very wimpy forelimbs,” Professor Clark told BBC News.

“Then when we looked closely at the hand, we noticed it was relevant to a very big question in palaeontology.”

The fossil has a first finger which is barely present, made up of just one small bone near the wrist. The fifth finger is gone altogether.

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