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Scientists discovered a dinosaur tail perfectly preserved in amber. It is full of feathers.

First Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber

To scientists’ delight, the incredible appendage from 99 million years ago is covered in feathers.

Watch: Pictures of the First Dinosaur Tail Ever Preserved in Amber

The tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur, including bones, soft tissue, and even feathers, has been found preserved in amber, according to a report published today in the journal Current Biology.

While individual dinosaur-era feathers have been found in amber, and evidence for feathered dinosaurs is captured in fossil impressions, this is the first time that scientists are able to clearly associate well-preserved feathers with a dinosaur, and in turn gain a better understanding of the evolution and structure of dinosaur feathers.

The research, led by paleontol… Continue Reading (4 minute read)

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