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‘Best ever’ view of what a dinosaur really looked like


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“A dinosaur that lived 160 million years ago had drumstick-shaped legs much like living birds, according to palaeontologists.

Anchiornis: A feathered dinosaur from China. By Julius T. Csotonyi (@source)

The feathered dinosaur also had bird-like arms similar to wings.

Scientists used high-powered lasers to reveal invisible details of what the creature looked like.

The research could give insights into the origins of flight, which is thought to have evolved more than 150 million years ago.

Michael Pittman of the University of Hong Kong said the study was a landmark in our understanding of the origins of birds.

“In this study, what we’ve done is we’ve used high-powered lasers to reveal unseen soft tissues preserved alongside the bones of a feathered dinosaur called Anchiornis,” he said. (…)” READ MORE


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http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39126987

Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)