Fossil ‘wonderchicken’ could be earliest known fowl

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A newly discovered fossil bird could be the earliest known ancestor of every chicken on the planet. Living just before the asteroid strike that wiped out giant dinosaurs, the unique fossil, from about 67 million years ago, gives a glimpse into the dawn of modern birds. Birds are descended from dinosaurs, but precisely when they evolved into birds like the ones alive today has been difficult to answer.