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Meteor that killed dinosaurs also wiped out ancient birds

New research is suggesting that many ancient birds were wiped out by the same meteor that ultimately killed off the dinosaurs.

According to the researchers, nearly all the modern bird groups, from owls to penguins and so on, began to emerge within 15 million years after all the dinosaurs went extinct.

These birds are subtly but significantly different from many of the ancient lineages that existed before a cosmic impact that wreaked havoc around the globe at the end of the Cretaceous period about 65 million years ago, they said.

“These archaic birds superficially looked very similar to modern birds, but underneath their feathers they were completely different,” study researcher Nicholas Longrich, a vertebrate paleontologist at Yale University, was quoted as saying by LiveScience.

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Story: Press Trust of India | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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