First feathered di­nosaur tail found in am­ber

Science Illustrated - - SCIENCE UPDATE -

PALAEONTOLOGY In a mar­ket in Myan­mar, Chi­nese sci­en­tist Lida Xing in 2015 ac­ci­den­tally dis­cov­ered a unique lump of am­ber the size of a dried apri­cot. The lump turned out to in­clude the tail of a 99-mil­lion-year-old di­nosaur – prob­a­bly a young coelurosaur, which was not much big­ger than a sparrow. By means of CT scans and mi­croscopy, sci­en­tists have been able to take a closer look at the about 3.5- cm-long tail which, apart from un­mis­tak­able feath­ers, in­cludes both bones and soft tis­sue.

Sci­en­tists are thrilled, as this is the first time that they have been able to ob­serve well­p­re­served feath­ers in a dino. The dis­cov­ery can pro­vide us with more knowl­edge of the evolution of feathered di­nos.

The well-pre­served feath­ers in the am­ber prob­a­bly come from a small coelurosaur di­nosaur.

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