This dino-bird is super-feathered

Feathered neck-to-toe, it didn’t fly but could glide

By Thomas Sumner, 14:47 PM July 7, 2014

One of the earliest birds roamed 150 million years ago. This was during the late Jurassic period, the heyday of dinosaurs. Named Archaeopteryx (AR-kee-OP-tur-iks), this flight-less fowl grew to the size of a well-fed pigeon. A new fossil of the bird is now ruffling scientists’ beliefs about what drove the early evolution of feathers.

Archaeopteryx spanned the evolutionary gap between feathered dinosaurs and modern birds. While a true bird, it was also a dinosaur, Christian Foth told Science Ne...

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