Confuciusornis, Ancient Bird



Early Cretacious/Late Jurassic Periods (110-125 Million Years Ago)

Confuciusornis was a very primitive bird that was similar in size to a modern crow. The oldest known bird to have a beak similar to modern birds, without teeth. Named for the Chinese Philosopher, Confucius. Museum grade specimen found in Yixian Formation, Liaoning, Republic of China. Part of the Andy Garrison Collection.