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Feathers preserved in 100-million-yr-old amber

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Feathers found in Burmese amber dating back 100 million years are so exquisitely preserved that palaeontologists have been able to make a detailed study of their structure - and they're like nothing seen in living birds today.

In fact, they may have served as a type of decoy, falling away in a predator's grasp, much like a lizard drops its tail to make its escape.

The feathers, found in 31 pieces of Myanmar amber dating back to the Cretaceous (commonly known as Burmese amber) were analysed by a team led by palaeontologist Lida Xing of the China University of Geosciences in Beijing.



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