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Scientists make breathtaking find encased in ’99 million-year-old’ amber
Scientists make breathtaking find encased in 99 million-year-old amber

Scientists make breathtaking find encased in ’99 million-year-old’ amber

Scientists are calling it a once in a lifetime discovery.

A tiny piece of dinosaur tail trapped in a piece of amber was discovered by people in Myanmar.

It was reportedly discovered in 2015 by Chinese researcher Lida Xing who noticed it being sold at a market as a decorative item.

He and a team ended up analyzing the piece and describing the results in a recently published study; co-author Ryan McKellar of Canada has said that the artifact “…preserves a tail consisting of eight vertebrae from a juvenile; these are surrounded by feathers that are preserved in 3D and with microscopic detail.”

The paper also notes that, as a result of this clarity, they have been able to observe the “…spatial arrangement of follicles and feathers on the body, and micrometer-scale features of the plumage.”

The researchers ultimately concluded that the dinosaur was likely a small coelurosaur which became trapped in the sticky sap and eventually died.

McKellar has indicated that the specimen could give scientists a better understanding of how modern feathers evolved.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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