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Modern birds might have dinosaur lungs to thank for their existence

Researchers found the evidence of lungs for the first time in an avian dinosaur fossil.
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For the first time, researchers found the presence of what they believe to be lung tissue in an avian dinosaur fossil.

Birds: They’re just like us. Except their lungs are small in comparison to their body size (much smaller than ours, by this metric) and they have a set of air sacs, nine in total, that run down the sides of their bodies.

A newly described fossil found in China shows that birds evolved one of these notable that killed the dinosaurs and continue to evolve into modern birds.

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