First Preserved Dinosaur Tail Found in Amber — Covered in Feathers!

Not saying that they need to remake Jurassic Park, but… they need to remake Jurassic Park.

National Geographic has reported on a find covered in Current Biology; a piece of amber containing a preserved dinosaur tail was found. There is is soft tissue still present in the sample, and more importantly, feathers:

Inside the lump of resin is a 1.4-inch appendage covered in delicate feathers, described as chestnut brown with a pale or white underside.

The feathers are pretty small, more similar to ornamental feathers than flight-capable ones. The amber comes from a mine in northern Myanmar, a region that has a wide variety of plant and animal life from the Cretaceous Period. Researchers found it in an amber market, where it had already undergone some shaping for the purpose of making it into jewelry, which happens to most amber from the region.

There is hope that in the future, an entire specimen could be found in this area of the world. In the meantime, we will simply have to content ourselves with remaking every film containing dinosaurs to more accurately reflect their true appearance.

Read more about this incredible find over on National Geographic.


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