Beautiful plumage

100 million year old feathers found in France embedded in amber have paleontologists a-flutter (see what I did there??).


National Geographic reports on the find of 7 feathers preserved in rocks old enough to have existed at with dinosaurs.

Previous finds – mainly imprint/mould fossils of feather-like body parts – indicated that some dinosaurs had primitive feathers and contributed to suspicions that they shared more in common with modern birds than reptiles. While their discoverers are reluctant to declare them dinosaur feathers, there is little doubt the find is going to fuel further speculation about the ancestry of modern birds.


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