Ancient seabird with a bony serrated beak found

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Ancient seabird with a bony serrated beak used to catch fish 62 million years ago is discovered in New Zealand Fossil of a protodontopteryx found near Christchurch rewrites bird history Petrified remains reveal it had a beak with bone-like teeth  Is the oldest 'bony-tooth bird', or pelagornithid, to be found south of the equator

By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline

Published: 07:54 BST, 18 September 2019 | Updated: 09:31 BST, 18 September 2019

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The discovery of a toothed seabird with a serrated beak that lived 62 million years ago is forcing scientists to rethink theories of the bird's evolution.

A fossil of a protodontopteryx was found at the Waipara Greensand site near Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island last year.

The petrified remains delighted amateur palaeontologist Leigh Love, who found and named the species 'protodontopteryx ruthae' after his wife Ruth, for indulging his interest in the field.

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A fossil of a protodontopteryx was found at the Waipara Greensand site near Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island last year

A fossil of a protodontopteryx was found at the Waipara Greensand site near Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island last year

It is one of the oldest named bird species in the world, and the oldest 'bony-tooth bird', or pelagornithid, to be found south of the equator.

Canterbury Museum curator Paul Scofield said the bony, tooth-like projections on the beak turned over commonly-held views on the development of seabirds.

'Until we found this skeleton, all the really old pelagornithids had

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