A paw of a 100 million old Mesozoic bird was found in amber

Amber contains the foot of a Mesozoic bird

Mesozoic bird was found in amber picture.
Mesozoic bird was found in amber

100 million years ago, in the middle of the Cretaceous period, there was a small bird about the size of a sparrow in the territory of present-day Myanmar (Burma). 

At that time, the birds were still an evolutionary young group, 30-40 million years old. It is not even very clear whether they could already be classified as a separate class, or whether they were still feathered reptiles.

We don't know under what circumstances part of the bird's foot was stuck in amber, but it's obvious that the animal didn't fly anywhere after that. 

In the north of Myanmar (formerly Burma) a piece of amber with remains of an ancient bird that lived about 100 million years ago was discovered. It belongs to a previously unknown species.

Scientists have been able to examine a fragment of the paw, "armed" with long claws, and restored its structure by scanning.

They concluded that the bird lived on trees and led a predatory lifestyle. Most likely, it belonged to the subclass of carnivorous birds equipped with dotted teeth and beaks. It is believed that they hunted small insects.

According to scientists who found a piece of amber, the lower limbs of the bird were quite adapted to sitting on tree branches and moving along them. This, obviously, follows from the structure of the foot of the ancient bird, similar to what is found in its distant descendants today. 

A skeleton of a prehistoric bird was discovered in Burmese amber
A skeleton of a prehistoric bird was discovered in Burmese amber

100 million old Mesozoic bird 

The piece of amber with a rare find was found in the Hukong Valley, a mountainous region of Myanmar. The new discovery shows that numerous bird species lived in the dinosaur era and reveals the details of ancient ecosystems.

Interestingly, amber was found in the Hukong Valley (northern Myanmar), which the locals call "a place where demons live". Prehistoric fossils have been found there many times before - apparently millions of years ago, it was a blooming oasis.

In the northern part of the highlands of Myanmar, you can often find amber formations with particles of ancient fibers inside, which often represent some plants, snakes, beetles, frogs and many other inhabitants that existed many millions of years ago.

In the past, remains of a similar predator were discovered. The data obtained were insufficient for a complete description of the bird, so research is ongoing.