Ancient bird from dinosaur era probably sounded like duck


spaminator
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Ancient bird from dinosaur era probably sounded like duck
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 07:19 PM EDT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Scientists for years have known what birds living at the end of the age of dinosaurs looked like. Now, they say they might know what one sounded like: quack!
The team of scientists says the “Vegavis iaai” bird that lived in Antarctica’s Vega Island more than 70 million years ago probably sounded like a modern-day duck. They based their findings on unearthed fossils of the bird’s sound-producing vocal organ known as the syrinx.
“We can now say that it’s most probable that this bird... imitated a sound that can be compared to its living relatives, ducks and geese,” Argentine paleontologist Fernando Novas said at a news conference in Buenos Aires on Wednesday after the team published their conclusions in the journal Nature.
“The importance of this discovery is that it lets us ascertain how the dinosaurs, including birds, evolved in the way they communicated with each other and how this organ that was capable of emitting sound, permitted brain development.”
The fossils of the bird from the Cretaceus-age were first found in 1992 by members of Argentina’s Antarctic institute and were detailed as a new species in a 2005 study that linked them to modern ducks and geese. The study was also published in Nature and led by Julia Clarke, a professor of vertebrate paleontology at the University of Texas at Austin. But it wasn’t until 2013 that Clarke noticed the rings of the syrinx through a micro-computed tomography of the fossil.
“The most exciting aspects of the study to me are - that the voice box of a bird can fossilize in 3-dimensional detail. This opens a whole new field of inquiry in the sounds of dinosaurs, Clarke said.
“Imagining oneself in the Late Cretaceous forests of Antarctica and elsewhere and thinking it is at this time that for the first time there are familiar sounds - not the trills of song birds but honks, quacks, whistles.”
A recently discovered 70 million year old fossil of the “Vegavis Iaai” bird that lived in Antarctica’s Vega Island more than 70 million years ago is placed on silhouette and a model of the bird, on a desk before a conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Scientists say that the bird probably sounded like a modern-day duck. They based their findings on the unearthed fossils of the bird’s sound-producing vocal organ known as the syrinx. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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MHz
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So birds have 3 toes and some dinos have 3 toes but they are totally unrelated. That about sum up the propaganda??

 
Curious Cdn
#3
T-Rexes sounded like parrots.

"Polly want a cracker ... RIGHT NOW! "
 
MHz
#4
Maybe that is what Polly called white people. 'The other white meat'
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

So birds have 3 toes and some dinos have 3 toes but they are totally unrelated. That about sum up the propaganda??

Birds are descended from dinosaurs.
 
Danbones
#6
oh great
where do christians come from then?
 
Curious Cdn
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

oh great
where do christians come from then?

Tennessee
 
Blackleaf
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

oh great
where do christians come from then?

An ape ancestor like all humans.
 
MHz
#9
Any idea why spome apes decided to stay apes and others opted for a higher calling?
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

An ape ancestor like all humans.


see:Tennessee
 
Blackleaf
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Quote:

Any idea why spome apes decided to stay apes and others opted for a higher calling?

Well, humans still are apes. We're one of the Great Apes, the others being the gorilla, the chimpanzee, the orangutan and the bonobo.

For some reason, though, humans aren't quite as hairy now as our close cousins.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Well, humans still are apes. We're one of the Great Apes, the others being the gorilla, the chimpanzee, the orangutan and the bonobo.

For some reason, though, humans aren't quite as hairy now as our close cousins.

Some of us would gladly bang away like Bonobos, given the chance.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Some of us would gladly bang away like Bonobos, given the chance.

 
MHz
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Here is a new vid for me and it would seem to fit into this thread if errors in the recent past are part of the reason we know so little about the ancient past.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2FVwbYy8jk

Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

When you going to give him a ring?