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Thursday, 19 March, 1998, 10:04 GMT
Stone the crows!
An artist's impression of the bird-like creature
An artist's impression of the bird-like creature
American scientists working at a quarry excavation on the island of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean have discovered the remains of a bird-like creature which lived between 65 million and 70 million years ago.

The fossil find in the north of the island provides further evidence that modern birds are descended from carnivorous flying dinosaurs.

Called Rahona Ostromi, the raven-sized bird lived at the end of the dinosaur era.

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Remains discovered in Madagascar
Only the back of the fossilised skeleton has been found but Dr Catherine Forster, of New York State University, says her discovery is alongside Archaeopteryx - the most ancient bird-like fossil ever found.

Like birds, Rahona had feathers and a reversed thumb allowing it to perch in trees.

But it also shared features, such as a slashing claw, with velociraptors, the flying killers immortalised in Jurassic park.

The weaponry would have made it a fearsome predator to anything smaller than itself.

But like the modern duck-billed platypus Rahona was a creature out of time even during its heyday.

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