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Archaeorhynchus spathula is the earliest-known beaked bird. Found in the Early Cretaceous period in the Yixian Formation of China, these birds were capable of powered flight and were primarily herbivorous, probably filling a niche similar to today's pigeons. It is currently also the most basal member of the Euornithes known - Euornithes being the branch of birds encompassing all known modern species.

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