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Confuciusornis Extinct Bird, 3-inch plastic - F619 B124

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Our Plastic Confuciusornis Extinct Bird Replica

Confuciusornis is one of our series of lively and lifelike plastic animals, or in this case, plastic birds. Also in this case, we assume it is lifelike, since no person has ever seen one. Its shape and details will be enjoyed as part of a school project, diorama, plastic animal collection, or gift. Our plastic extinct bird measures 3 inches from its beak to the end of its long split tail-feathers. You might have learned about Confuciusornis from Chung at the Confuciusornis Garden Station on Dinosaur Train. It sounds like a fun way to learn about extinct animal life. Please check out our other extinct animals, and especially our section of Cretaceous animals and replicas. If you interest is birds, take a look at our fine collection of bird replicas, toys, and unusual gifts.

About Confuciusornis

Though it had the approximate size of a modern pigeon or small crow when it lived 125 million years ago, it didn’t survive. Long extinct Confuciusornis has only been found in China. It is quite possibly the oldest bird to have had a beak without teeth. Named after the Chinese philosopher Confucius, many of its fossilized remains have been found in the Yixian Formation in northern China with several hundred complete skeletons found to date.

Based on those skeletons that included their fossilized feathers, it is believed that there were six species in the area from 125 to 120 million years ago. With a wingspan of a little more than two feet and a weight of three to four pounds with small claws on its feet Confuciusornis was probably a mobile chicken dinner for dinosaurs. Because of the arrangement of the claws it is believed the bird was able to walk and perch as well as climb when needed.

The Confuciusornis had a fused wing structure as well as feathers that were very reminiscent of modern birds in that they were long and modern in appearance. Interestingly, while the primary feathers were far longer than those of any modern bird, the surrounding feathers were shorter than in most living birds to today, thus creating a narrow wing effect for the Confuciusornis which may have resulted in possible aerodynamic problems when it flew. Unfortunately, since humans were not around in any way, shape, or form, they were not there with any recording devices to document the bird’s ability to fly, making it impossible to refute scientific speculation.

It is also believed that the birds had hues of grey, red/brown and black. Based on the fossil record it would appear that they followed the same type of omnivorous diet as a modern crow and therefore fed on plant materials, fruits, nuts, and insects. While those have not been found inside any of the fossilized skeletons, on at least one occasion the vertebrae and several ribs from what was apparently a small fish have been found, leading to the belief that it also ate fish. It is also believed the Confuciusornis was primarily a daylight bird, as are most modern birds.

Confuciusornis article by Kevin Tipple

 

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