Dino find ruffles feathers

Nearly-perfect, newfound dinosaur fossil reveals more dinos were feathered than previously thought

By Stephen Ornes, 09:00 AM July 27, 2012




A skeleton unearthed in Germany may change the way we think about dinosaurs. The fossil includes the head, body and tail of a type of meat-eating dino called a megalosaur that lived about 150 million years ago. This well-preserved specimen contains something else — feathers that gave the dino a shaggy coat and fuzzy tail.


“It looks like it was a pretty fluffy kind of thing,” Mark Norell told Science News. “Kind of like a baby chick.” Norell, a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natur...

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