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Fig. 5

From: A diminutive perinate European Enantiornithes reveals an asynchronous ossification pattern in early birds

Fig. 5

Hypothetical fleshed-out reconstruction of MPCM-LH-26189. The fact that MPCM-LH-26189 is so well preserved and conserves some soft-tissue associated chemistry (see Supplementary Note 1, Supplementary Figs 2-5, and Supplementary Table 2), while showing no feathers or chemical evidence for plumage suggest that the baby bird might have been largely featherless when it died. However, this cannot be confirmed, and so the individual was reconstructed with juvenile plumage hypothesized for perinate enantiornithines. The silhouettes inset are those of the juvenile bird and an unspecified sympatric cockroach to give a sense of scale. By Raúl Martín