• To learn more about how the beak evolved, a research at Harvard University have now successfully reverted the beaks of chicken embryos into snouts more similar to ones seen in Velociraptor andArchaeopteryx than in birds.
  • "The experimental animals did not have a beak, instead developing a broad, rounded snout," Bhullar said. However, "they still lacked teeth, and possessed a horny covering on the snout.”
  • These embryos did not live to hatch, researchers stressed. "They could have," Bhullar said. "They actually probably wouldn't have done that badly if they did hatch. Mostly, though, we were interested in the evolution of the beak, and not in hatching a 'dino-chicken' just for the sake of it."

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