Imagine yourself standing on a remote beach in the Canadian Arctic. You are part of a team of scientists who are excavating fossils from the Cretaceous period. You have been working for weeks, and you are starting to feel discouraged. But then, you make a discovery that changes everything.
You find the fossil remains of a bird that has never been seen before. The bird is large and predatory, with a long beak and a long wingspan. You know immediately that you have found something special.
You carefully remove the fossil from the ground and take it back to your lab for further study. After months of research, you and your team are able to identify the bird as a new species. You name it Tingmiatornis arctica, which means “those that fly” in the Inuktitut language.
After many days of hard work, a team of scientists from the University of Rochester has discovered a new species of bird in the Canadian Arctic. Yes, you hear right the bird named Tingmiatornis Arctica. Scientists estimated that this species of bird is estimated to have lived about 90 million years ago during the Cretaceous period.
Finding Tingmiatornis arctica is a big deal for a few reasons. First, it’s one of the oldest birds ever found so far up in the Arctic. Second, it tells us more about what the weather was like a long time ago.
Tingmiatornis arctica was a large bird with a wingspan of about 6 feet. It had a long, slender body and a long beak. The bird is believed to have been a carnivore feeding on fish and other small animals.
The discovery of Tingmiatornis arctica was made possible by a team of scientists who spent several summers excavating fossils in the Canadian Arctic. The team found the bird’s fossil remains in a series of sedimentary rocks that were formed during the Cretaceous period.
The discovery of Tingmiatornis arctica is a reminder of the amazing biodiversity that existed in the Arctic millions of years ago. It also raises questions about the effects of climate change on bird populations.