Therapod dinosaurs’ thermal blankets: highly detailed feathers found in Alberta
|September 15, 2011||Posted by News under Evolution|
In “Dinosaur feathers found in Alberta amber” ( CBC News, Sep 15, 2011), Emily Chung reports,
Feathers believed to be from dinosaurs have been found beautifully preserved in Alberta amber.
The primitive, hair-like feathers known as protofeathers likely belonged to theropods — dinosaurs similar to tiny Tyrannosaurus rexes — that roamed the swampy forests of Alberta 80 million years ago
It was known that therapods had feathers, but no find has been this clear. The actual feather is encased in amber, not just an impression.
The feathers are preserved down to the pigments that show what colour they are and microscopic details of their structure.
They will tell us a lot, but this much we know already: The protofeathers likely kept dinosaurs warm and were not suited to flight.
See also: “Dinobird: Practically anything, no matter how false or ridiculous, is given serious attention in the science press as long as it appears to support Darwinism” This find is great because it can provide answers rather than approved theories.