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Ancient avian voice box unearthed: oldest known syrinx fossil suggests bird honked like a duck.
Some ancient birds may have sounded like honking ducks.
For the first time, scientists have discovered the fossilized remains of a voice box from the age of the dinosaurs. The structure, called a syrinx, belonged to Vegavis iaai, a bird that lived 68 million to 66 million years ago, researchers report online October 12 in Nature.
"It may be a once-in-a-lifetime discovery," says evolutionary biologist Patrick O'Connor of Ohio University in Athens, who wrote a commentary in Nature...
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