Dinosaur Tail in Amber

The Tail

In a Myanmar amber market, an interesting piece of amber was bought by a scientist.  After being brought to the lab, scientists discovered the sample contained a 99 million-year-old dinosaur tail, including soft tissue and feathers.  This was the first ever dinosaur tail preserved in amber ever found.  The research was led by Lisa Xing and was funded by National Geographic.  The amber was roughly the size and shape of a dried apricot.  The dinosaur that it came from was a feathered flightless theropod that was about the size of a sparrow.  The feathers are described as chestnut brown with a pale underside.

This is an artist’s depiction of the dinosaur:

The theropod was probably an insectivore.  It was probably covered with amber after death.  The feathers were more primitive, and they did not have a main barb, and would have resembled fur.

This is the same type of feathers Ratites have, like the Emu, the Kiwi, and the Ostrich.

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