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Scientists reveal missing link of bird evolution

Updated: June 17, 2006, 10:23 PM ET
By Randolph E. Schmid | Associated Press — June 17, 2006

WASHINGTON — The first detailed look at the ancestor of modern birds — a grebelike waterbird that would look normal even today — was shown off Thursday by scientists who discovered fossil remains in a remote lake bed in China.

"A world lost for more than 100 million years was being revealed to us," as layers of mud were peeled back like the pages of a book, said Hai-lu You of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences.

What they found is being called the missing link ...

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