Scientists have discovered feathers preserved in hardened tree resin from 70 million years ago.
While hints of feathers have been found in fossils before, the finds in amber help us to understand the nature and diversity of feathered dinosaurs. "Despite many reports over the past decade of feathered dinosaurs and new birds from China, only now are we beginning to understand just how diverse feather types were," said Mark A. Norell of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
"Specimens include simple filament structures similar to the earliest feathers of non-flying dinosaurs – a form unknown in modern birds – and more complicated bird feathers "displaying pigmentation and adaptations for flight and diving," the researchers reported."
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