Preserved Dinosaur Tail Belonged To Baby Dinasaur 99 Million Years Ago, Study Says
It looks like feathered dinosaurs are closer to reality than those scaly dinosaurs found in fiction films like Godzilla. A recent study reveals the feathered tail which was preserved in amber belongs to baby dinosaur which existed about 99 million years ago. The dinosaur tail was preserved in a apricot-sized amber together with plant debris.
Lida Xing, a paleontologist at Beijing's China University of Geosciences saw the amber in a marker in Myanmar in 2015. The seller believed it contained a preserved plant however, Xing suspected it contains something more valuable and persuaded the Dexu Institute of Paleontology to buy it.
True enough, aside from insects and plant fragments the semi-translucent stone was revealed to contain a tail, measuring about 1.4 inches long. In a study published in Current Biology, it was revealed that the tail has eight vertebrae encased by soft tissues which includes skin, ligaments, and muscles. The researchers studied the amber using CT scans and other microscopic exams.
Researchers revealed the tail belonged to a non-avialan theropod, probably a juvenile coelurosaur which existed on Earth about million years ago. The baby dinosaur, which the researchers nicknamed "Eva," was most likely got a portion of its tail stuck in tree resin. The researchers added that since dinosaurs can't shed their feathers like other animals, Eva probably died soon after.
"The more we see these feathered dinosaurs and how widespread the feathers are, things like a scaly velociraptor seem less and less likely and they've become a lot more bird like in the overall view," Ryan McKellar, a paleontologist at the Royal Saskatchwan Museum in Canada told CNN.
"They're not quite the Godzilla-style scaly monsters we once thought," he added. The discovery of the dinosaur tail also highlighted the unique preservation potential of amber, which poses a great help to the discovery of other preserved fossils in the future.
Egyptian Mummy: Mystery Of Tiny Mummy Shocks Scientists
CT scan of a tiny Egyptian mummy reveals it contains a 20 week old miscarried fetus, speculated to be a child of a Pharaoh.
Is Evolution Hoax? 800-Million-Year-Old Woman Found In Russia
A corpse discovered in Russia shakes the foundations of Darwin's evolution theory. Experts reveal the body was at least 800 million years old resulting to evolution hoax claims.
Aliens On The Moon: Alien Antenna Array Found On Earth's Moon
A structure which looks like a radio telescope was found on a NASA photo of the surface of the moon. Alien enthusiasts claim it is used by aliens on the moon to communicate through deep space.
Birds Beat Dinos: CT Scans Of 3D Skulls Reveal Larger Brain To Body Scale On Modern Avians
Scientists figured out why birds beat out the dinosaurs in the survival of the fittest against the massive asteroid of prehistoric times
Dinosaur Brain And Other Fossils Found In UK
A 133 million-year-old dinosaur brain fossil has been found in England.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Startup Developed a Smart Face Mask That Translates Speech Into Eight Different Languages
A Japanese robotics company developed a smart face mask that can help communication between people wearing face coverings. It is capable of amplifying the wearer’s voice and translating speech into eight different languages.
Tech Leaders and Health Authorities Join Forces, Launch New Initiative to Help Fight Pandemic and Future Epidemics
Two contact tracing apps have been successfully launched recently in Canada and Ireland. The open-source code underlying these apps has been contributed to a newly launched initiative to help other countries and U.S. states in the fight against the pandemic.
Fairy Tail Game Releases a Season Pass, a Week After It Was Launched
The anime RPG Fairy Tail from Koei Tecmo has just released a season pass that will release additional characters and content into the game, just a week after it was launched.