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2009 Science News of the Year: Earth

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4:58pm, December 18, 2009

Feathered dinosaur predates oldest bird
Paleontologists have unearthed a long-sought treasure — evidence of a feathered dinosaur older than Archaeopteryx, the 150-million-year-old creature often considered to be the first known bird (SN: 10/24/09, p. 8). The newly described species, the peacock-sized Anchiornis huxleyi, lived in what is now northeastern China between 151 million and 161 million years ago and sported two types of feathers. One kind, which resemble the feathers of modern-day birds, adorned the creature

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