OK, so we are getting ducks amongst dinosaur fossils reported as...
Because the bones were buried gently and slowly in mud, many of them remain uncrushed. Soft tissues were also preserved, including flight feathers and webbing—like a duck's—between the bird's toes.
...and as a “missing link” because...
the preserved skin of the webbed feet shows the same microscopic structure seen in aquatic birds today.
"It was unexpected to find a bird this advanced in rocks this old," Harris said. "It tells us that the anatomical features we use to characterize modern birds evolved very quickly."
...but, hey! Here’s a radical idea: let’s take a birds-eye view of the situation and evaluate the evidence again!
Why not face the probable fact that either the fossils were dated too early, and/or likewise for the rocks they were found in?
That might lead to real scientific progress, rather than constantly orbiting (as we are) the current (presumably wrong) assumptions which lead to all of this surprise might it not?
Yes, that’s a scary idea. New and interesting stuff often is, y’know? Yes, we might come a career cropper through doing so and offend some PowersThatBe — but: no pain, no gain; no guts, no glory; no risk, no reward. Clear enough?
Being famous for a massive and rewarding revolution in ancient dating schemes certainly beats a lifetime of hum-drum form-filling, no? Worth a try?