FOR KIDS: Dino find ruffles feathers
Nearly-perfect, newfound dinosaur fossil reveals more dinos were feathered than previously thought
Web edition: July 31, 2012
The skeleton of this animal, embedded in a limestone slab, suggests that feathers might have been the norm for dinosaurs.
Credit: H. Tischlinger/Jura Museum Eichstatt
A skeleton unearthed in Germany may change the way we think about dinosaurs. The fossil includes the head, body and tail of a type of meat-eating dino called a megalosaur that lived about 150 million years ago. This well-preserved specimen contains something else — feathers that gave the dino a shaggy coat and fuzzy tail.
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