Just like the movie Jurassic Park, scientists have discovered a 99-million-year-old baby dinosaur tail preserved in amber.
The discovery, which demonstrated a feathered tail, helps support the theory that the giant beasts that once ruled the Earth looked more like birds than reptiles.
Scientists have long thought that dinosaurs might have feathers due to compression fossils that have squished feathers into the sediment. But this is the first three dimensional version they’ve been able to examine.
The find was discovered by Chinese paleontologist Lida Xing who saw the fossil for sale at a market in Myanmar. No bigger than a pink eraser, the salesman told him it was an ancient plant hat had been preserved in the amber resin.
But Xing, who works at China University of Geosciences in Beijing, knew better. He persuaded his department to purchase it and set to work analyzing it straight away.
This is so incredible. By Fiona MacDonald A dinosaur tail with beautifully preserved feathers still attached to the bone has been found preserved in amber, and it’s one of the coolest things we’ve ever seen. It’s not the first time feathers have been found trapped in amber, but it is the first time that researchers have been…
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