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This includes a conservative estimate that modern sea and shorebird lineages diverged at least by the Late Cretaceous about 74 million years ago.

It is clear that modern birds from at least the latest Cretaceous lived at the same time as archaic birds including Hesperornis, Ichthyornis, and the diverse Enantiornithiformes. Additional fossils and molecular data are still required to help understand the role of biotic interactions in the evolution of Late Cretaceous birds and thus to test that the mechanisms of microevolution are sufficient to explain macroevolution.

The question of whether relatives of living birds co-existed with non-bird dinosaurs has evoked controversy.

Some investigators, using “molecular clock” models and DNA sequence data as well as the distribution of living birds, have concluded that relatives of living birds must have existed alongside non-avian dinosaurs and survived the mass extinction of dinosaurs at the K/T boundary.

“We now know that duck and chicken relatives coexisted with non-avian dinosaurs.

(2005) provide apparent evidence that cousins of living birds coexisted with dinosaurs more than 65 million years ago. Solid lines show geological ranges of taxa with first and last occurrences shown by squares. (2006) described the earliest penguin fossils and analyzed complete mitochondrial genomes from an albatross, a petrel, and a loon. Dashed lines show postulated phylogeny compiled from the literature (Slack et al. The penguin fossils were from a Paleocene (early Tertiary) formation just above a well-known Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary site. Single origin of a pan-Pacific bird group and upstream colonization of Australia. Birdsbelonging to various lineages have been found in Cretaceous deposits of Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Prominent and well-known Cretaceous bird taxa included the Enantiornithes, a fairly diverse group of birds, mostly flying forms; Hesperornithiformes, toothed birds (see drawing below) which were mostly flightless swimmers; and Ichthyornithiformes, toothed flying birds that probably fed on fish.

(2005) provide apparent evidence that cousins of living birds coexisted with dinosaurs more than 65 million years ago. Solid lines show geological ranges of taxa with first and last occurrences shown by squares. (2006) described the earliest penguin fossils and analyzed complete mitochondrial genomes from an albatross, a petrel, and a loon. Dashed lines show postulated phylogeny compiled from the literature (Slack et al. The penguin fossils were from a Paleocene (early Tertiary) formation just above a well-known Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary site. Single origin of a pan-Pacific bird group and upstream colonization of Australia. Birdsbelonging to various lineages have been found in Cretaceous deposits of Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Prominent and well-known Cretaceous bird taxa included the Enantiornithes, a fairly diverse group of birds, mostly flying forms; Hesperornithiformes, toothed birds (see drawing below) which were mostly flightless swimmers; and Ichthyornithiformes, toothed flying birds that probably fed on fish. These taxa are extinct today, but by the close of the Cretaceous, representatives of several modern bird taxa were sharing the skies with these extinct birds.