A Burmese Miner Just Found A Prehistoric Relic So Unique And Beautiful That Scientists Are Stunned

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Image: via Current Biology
Image: via Current Biology

“What this new specimen shows is the 3D arrangement of feathers in a Mesozoic dinosaur/bird for the first time,” Dr. Barnett told the BBC in December 2016. “Almost all of the other feathered dinosaur fossils… that we have are flattened and 2D only, which has obscured some important features of their anatomy.”

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Image: via Current Biology
Image: via Current Biology

Now while the presence of feathers might suggest that these are the remains of a bird, the authors of the study have been able to rule that out. “The vertebrae are not fused… as in modern birds and their closest relatives,” Dr. Ryan McKellar told the BBC. “Instead, the tail is long and flexible.”

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