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McKellar said the creature would have had a whip-like tail like a mouse but covered with contour feathers similar to those that give shape and color to birds. "The more we see these feathered dinosaurs and how widespread the feathers are, things like a scaly velociraptor seem less and less likely and they've become a lot more bird like in the overall view," he said. "They're not quite the Godzilla-style scaly monsters we once thought."
The sparrow-sized creature could have danced in the palm of your hand. The amber, which weighs 6.5 grams, contains bone fragments and feathers, adding to mounting fossil evidence that many dinosaurs sported primitive plumage rather than scales.
"The new material preserves a tail consisting of eight vertebrae from a juvenile," said Dr Ryan McKellar of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. "These are surrounded by feathers that are preserved in 3D and with microscopic detail. We can be sure of the source because the vertebrae are not fused into a rod or pygostyle as in modern birds and their closest relatives. "Instead, the tail is long and flexible, with keels of feathers running down each side." It means the feathers are definitely those of a dinosaur and not a prehistoric bird
It was one of more than a dozen amber samples with significant inclusions that were collected by Xing and his research team in 2015 at a well-known amber market in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state.
Two of the other samples contained the dinosaur-era bird wings published earlier this summer.
The majority of Burmese amber is used in jewelry and carvings, and the "Eva" sample had already been subject to shaping by the time it was collected by the researchers.
originally posted by: tribal
yes why are the insects so tiny? i thought pretty much everything was bigger hundreds of millions of years ago???