Look! A feathered, two-legged beast!

By | July 3, 2012
Not just birds have feathers! A recent new species discovered in Germany demonstrated that two-legged dinosaurs that did not resemble birds have feathers. The well-preserved fossil has traces of skin with fine filaments stuck in it, a sure indication of feathers.

While I'm not so sure how they determined that the filaments ware feathers and not split hairs, it does make an interesting question: did two-legged beasties of the land evolve from birds, and not vice versa?

Newly Discovered Dinosaur Implies Greater Prevalence of Feathers | American Museum of Natural History
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4 thoughts on “Look! A feathered, two-legged beast!

  1. Víktor Bautista i Roca

    Well, in fact, according to the article, this species is not really the earliest evolutionary branch that got feathers, but a branch that is so far away from avian dinosaurs (in fact they say the farthest away) that it makes them think that the ancestors of all dinosuars might be feathered too, unless feathers appeared twice, of course.

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  2. Sophie Wrobel

    +Víktor Bautista i Roca no, my sci-fi-plot-mind is just dreaming. 🙂

    The feathered aspect predates any known other feathered animal. That suggests that this species is the earliest known evolutionary branch of something to something… so rather than the conventional birds evolving out of beasts, why not the other way around?

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  3. Víktor Bautista i Roca

    «did two-legged beasties of the land evolve from birds, and not vice versa?»

    Because the preceed birds by milions of years? Or did you mean something else I didn't understand?

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