Friday, December 09, 2016

Feathers, we haz that

NYTimes: Feathers in Amber: A dinosaur tale.

A 99-million-year-old piece of amber with a feathered dinosaur tail trapped inside. CreditRyan McKellar/Royal Saskatchewan Museum

Microscopic barbules on the feathers of the dinosaur tail trapped in amber.CreditRyan McKellar/Royal Saskatchewan Museum
 the original dinosaur:

An artist’s rendering of a small coelurosaur, which the researchers think may be the type of dinosaur whose tail became trapped in amber. CreditChung-tat Cheung
uh what is that in his mouth?  It looks like a cockroach, but when I first saw it, it reminded me of this:

now, the real question not answered: If that is a tail with vertebrae, could they extract DNA from it to clone another dinosaur?

Discussion HERE and HERE

and such clones don' t have to be limited to being in zoos like in Jurassic Park:

Yum! Kentucky Fried DINOCHICKEN!

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