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Dr Steve Brusatte, a vertebrate palaeontologist at Edinburgh University, described the fossils as "spectacular"
He told BBC News: " They're fantastic - who would have ever thought that 99-million-year-old wings could be trapped in amber? "These are showcase specimens and some of the most surprising fossils I've seen in a long time. We've known for a few decades that many dinosaurs had feathers, but most of our fossils are impressions of feathers on crushed limestone slabs. "Three dimensional preservation in amber provides a whole new perspective and these fossils make it clear that very primitive birds living alongside the dinosaurs had wings and feather arrangements very similar to today's birds."
originally posted by: strongfp
a reply to: gortex
Makes me wonder tho, when did the evolution start? Where did they come from? Did all dinosaurs have feathers, just some had less than others, like did they have a 'fuzz' where some had an aggressive array like a peacock or a eagle?
originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
originally posted by: Bone75
Only on ATS can 99 million year old bird wings get spun into dinosaur feathers.
So because it is a feather it could have only come from a bird according to you ?
originally posted by: 5StarOracle
a reply to: MarioOnTheFly
Well they used to say Archaeopteryx was the first bird... but there's a little bird wing in amber there...
Dating from the same period...
Remember evolution needs a long long time to transpire that's why we don't see it happening...
Archaeopteryx lived in the Late Jurassic around 150 million years ago