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Lead researcher Dr Steve Brusatte said it was "the single most beautiful fossil I have had the privilege to work on".
"It has short arms, and it is covered in feathers [with] proper wings with layers of quill-pen feathers," he said.
Dr John Nudds, a senior lecturer in palaeontology at the University of Manchester, told BBC News the find was part of an "increasingly complex picture" of emerging evidence "that certainly a lot of [dinosaurs] and possibly even all of them had feathers or at least downy hair".
Dr Brusatte said: "It will blow some people's minds to realise that those dinosaurs in the movies would have been even weirder, and I think even scarier - like big fluffy birds from hell."
originally posted by: Rosinitiate
Of course it's a dragon. My daughter and I have been manifesting it. We will eventually need the DNA to clone a Dragon and Dinosaur park. She's been super excited for a year or so now.
originally posted by: Sremmos80
a reply to: Rosinitiate
I've seen that movie, nothing could possibly go wrong.
Cool find OP, thanks for the share!
originally posted by: thesaneone
a reply to: blackmetalmist
There is a game on the pc called ark survival evolved in which you are some kind of experiment on a planet full of dinosaurs and you can tame them like domesticated animals to aid in your survival and you have the choice to play pvp or pve awesome game graphics with awesome dinosaurs.
Experts are much more wary of inconsistencies or anomalies in fossils these days, but 15 years ago the assumption might just have been that the specimen wasn’t assembled properly or had some elements attached by mistake.