Earliest Feathers

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Some exceptionally well preserved dinosaur fossils uncovered in north-eastern China display the earliest feathers known — 10 million years older than Archaeopteryx:

One of the new dinosaur specimens, named Anchiornis huxleyi, is spectacular in its preservation.

It has extensive plumage covering its arms and tail, and also its feet — a “four-winged” arrangement, says Professor Xu from the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing.

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