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Researchers discover prehistoric bird species in Canadian Arctic
A team of geologists from the University of Rochester claimed to have found a new prehistoric bird species in the Canadian Arctic, marking the discovery of the oldest avian records in the northernmost latitude.
Prof. John Tarduno, the chairperson of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester, and his team named the new species Tingmiatornis arctica. In the Inuktitut language, which is spoken in the central & eastern parts of Canadian Arctic, the word “Tingmiat” means “those that fly.”
The species would like a cross between a massive seagull and a diving bird such as a cormorant, but it might have teeth.
Donald Brinkman, the director of preservation & research at Alberta, Canada-based Royal Tyrrell Museum, said, “These fossils allow us to flesh out the community and add to our understanding of the community’s composition and how it differed from other places in the world.”
The fossilized remains of the Tingmiatornis arctican are believed to be as many as 90 million years old. It would have existed during the Cretaceous period’s Turonian age, which spanned from nearly 93.9 to 89.8 million years ago.
The discovery of the new bird species was detailed in the most recent edition of the journal Scientific Reports.