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Age-old relationship between birds and flowers: World’s oldest fossil of a nectarivorous bird


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Scientists have described the oldest known fossil of a pollinating bird. The well-preserved stomach contents contained pollen from various flowering plants. This indicates that the relationship between birds and flowers dates back at least 47 million years. The fossil comes from the well-known fossil site “Messel Pit.”uvBzvcLml6o

 

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(Phys.org) —A pair of researchers with Germany's Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt has found fossil evidence of a bird that lived approximately 47 million years ago which pollinated plants. The bird (Pumiliornis tessellatus), approximately the size of a modern hummingbird was found in Messel Pit, a well known dig site near Frankfurt. Gerald Mayr and Volker Wilde have documented their discovery in a paper published in the journal Biology Letters.

 

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