|Body without tail streamers|
|Body with tail streamers|
look at this for a second and think about how life has a history of repeating itself when it finds something successful. I would venture to guess that the sloping upward of the bill in C. dui is in some way related to insect predation, like perhaps the insects on which this species fed liked to tunnel upwards into tree bark and an upturned beak would have allowed it to grasp the silly insects in their upward facing tunnels. Compare this beak, though, with the beak of the type species, C. sanctus. The bill of C. sanctus, the lower set of Confuciusornis, again male and female represented, in the above illustration, have hardy seed crunching beaks made, it appears, for opening large resilient seed casings to get at the meat inside. Some birds have been removed or are potentially being removed from Confuciusornis based on the bills, but in that case, I refer us back again to Darwin's Finches. Something to think about with the remainder of your Saturday!