Friday, 9 December 2016

I Am Guessing This Story Will Be Everywhere,

but in case it is not,

 I was fascinated to read that the tail of a juvenile coelurosaur, (a group of dinosaurs that includes tyrannosaurs), was found in a piece of amber,

 but what makes this find so special is that the roughly apricot-sized piece of amber contains a 1.4-inch appendage of 8 vertebrae unmistakably covered in primitive feathers, scientists ruled out the possibility of the tail belonging to a bird,

the find was recently discovered by palaeontologist Lida Xing while collection samples in Myanmar last year, and what a find it was dating back to the mid-Cretaceous Period some 99 million years ago! the findings were first published today in a report co-authored by Ryan McKellar in Current Biology and you can read more on National Geographic, if only they could fine the rest of the specimen.

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