Bird with unusually long toes found fossilized in amber
Phys.org - Thu 11 Jul 20:33 GMT

Meet the ancient bird that had toes longer than its lower legs. Researchers have discovered a bird foot from 99 million years ago preserved in amber that had a hyper-elongated third toe. The study, published in the journal Current Biology on July 11, suggests…

  Credit: Zhongda Zhang / Current Biology Meet the ancient bird that had toes longer than its lower legs.

  Researchers have discovered a bird foot from 99 million years ago preserved in amber that had a hyper-elongated third toe.

  The study, published in the journal Current Biology on July 11, suggests that this bird might have used its toes to hook food out of tree trucks.

  Elektorornis means "amber bird," and it belongs to a group of extinct birds called Enantiornithes, the most abundant type of bird known from the Mesozoic era.

  This photograph shows a nearly 100-million-year-old bird foot featuring a very long toe preserved in amber.

  Like most birds, this foot has four toes, while lizards have five."