Photo: Dino-Era Feathers Found Encased in Amber



Seven primitive-looking feathers found in amber date back a hundred million years and could fill a key gap in the puzzle of how dinosaurs gave rise to birds, a new study says.

The feathers share features of feather-like fibers from two-legged dinosaurs known as theropods and of modern bird feathers, researchers say.

Photograph courtesy Didier Néraudeau


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