The Elements of Evolution (23-2-2) Aurornis


The pheasant-sized Aurornis arose 160–150 MYA. A half meter from beak to tail-tip, it had a mouthful of tiny sharp teeth and a long tail, with legs adorned in plumage.

Aurornis could not fly, but it had long forelimbs that may have helped it glide through the Jurassic forests. Its hips mark it as related to modern birds.