The spectacular discovery happened! A dinosaur tail with perfectly preserved feathers attached to his bone has been found in the amber. Although this is not the first time that scientists discovered preserved feathers, it is the first time that they actually can link the feather to the dinosaur. This discovery will give us a better glimpse of this magnificent creatures.
First feathers discovery happened two decades ago in northeastern China. Although it was a huge thing at that time, sadly it didn’t provide in-depth information as feathers weren’t enough preserved. The search continued. In June this year, a scientist published their findings on the discovery of two 99 million-year-old baby dinosaur wings. The wings seemed to come from enantiornithines. That is a group of transitional dinosaurs with teeth and claws on their wings, from the Mesozoic era. Enantiornithines resemble on modern birds. That finding was the first one with well-preserved feathers. Scientists manage even to suppose that this dino-baby might have still been alive when it got buried in the tree sap. Preserved claw marks around the wings suggest some kind of struggle happened before the sap hardened.
The newest discovery enables scientists to definitely link the feathers for the specific dinosaur. Everything begins last year in Myanmar market. The piece of amber was sold as a chunk of amber. Lead researcher Lida Xing recognized that there were feathers inside. It turned out that the feathers were so well preserved that the finest details are visible and in three dimensions. Researchers predict that the tail belonged to the coelurosaur after detail analyzing and CT scanning of the feathers structure. This is a subgroup of theropod dinosaurs that includes compsognathids, tyrannosaurs, ornithomimosaurs, and maniraptorans. They lived during the Cretaceous era. The team even gave a name to the new-founded coelurosaur remains and called it Eva. They describe Eva as a little smaller than an ostrich. The scientists believe that she was cute, although her family belongs to the most famous and scariest species like T-Rex and Velociraptor.
This research has been published in Current Biology and scientists hoping for new findings that will give us, even more, details about dinosaurs.