‘Wonderchicken’ fossil reveals ancestor of today’s birds

New York (AP) — A tiny fossil skull nicknamed ‘Wonderchicken’ is giving scientists a rare glimpse at early ancestors of today’s birds. It may be the oldest known fossil from this group. With a face like those of today’s chicken-like birds and a back portion like that of living duck-like birds, Wonderchicken is ”down near the bottom of the modern-bird family tree,” said Daniel Field of Cambridge University. He and others announced the find in a report released on Wednesday by the journal Nature. More details in Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin