Dinosaur Feathers Discovered in Canadian Amber


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Now how do they know these are "dinosaur feathers"?? Must have little microscopic labels, we can't see with the naked eyed, reading "these are dinosaur feathers".

Even though the article already proclaims these are dinosaur feathers, at least they quoted a scientist saying "They can't determine which feathers belonged to birds or dinosaurs yet". But still--this guy apparently believes birds evolved from dinos. They've been trying for decades to sell the idea that birds evolved from dinosaurs.

I say they aren't dinosaur feathers--but horse feathers instead!

Click the link for the photos.

Dinosaur Feathers Discovered in Canadian Amber

Today a group of paleontologists announced the results of an extensive study of several well-preserved dinosaur feathers encased in amber. Their work, which included samples from many stages in the evolution of feathers, bolstered the findings of other scientists who've suggested that dinosaurs (winged and otherwise) had multicolored and transparent feathers of the sort you might see on birds today. The researchers also presented evidence, based on the feathers' pigmentation and structures, that today's bird feathers could have evolved from dinosaur feathers.

We've got a gallery of these intriguing feathers preserved in amber.

In a profile of lead researcher Ryan McKellar, The Atlantic's Hans Villarica writes:

These specimens represent distinct stages of feather evolution, from early-stage, single filament protofeathers to much more complex structures associated with modern diving birds . . . They can't determine which feathers belonged to birds or dinosaurs yet, but they did observe filament structures that are similar to those seen in other non-avian dinosaur fossils.

Villarica also did io9 readers a favor and asked McKellar whether this discovery could lead to a Jurassic Park scenario. McKellar said:

Put simply, no. The specimens that we examined are extremely small and would not be expected to contain any DNA material. To put this into context, the only genetic material that has been recovered from amber is from lumps of mummified insect muscle tissue in much younger Dominican amber that are approximately 17 million years old and well after the age of dinosaurs.

So much for our dreams of dino domination.

What you'll notice in the gallery below is that the researchers are emphasizing two basic pieces of evidence: the similarity in coloration to today's bird feathers, and the similarity in morphology or shape. Some of these feathers strongly resemble those of diving water birds today (and the researchers include one example of a modern diving bird feather so you can compare them). Other structures, however, look nothing like feathers of today. In a news report about McKellar's findings in Science, Sid Perkins writes:

In one instance, the amber holds regularly spaced, hollow filaments, each of which is about 16 micrometers in diameter, about the size of the finest human hair. The filaments apparently have no cell walls, so they're not plant fibers or fungal threads, McKellar says. And they don't have features that look like small scales, as mammal hair does. "We don't absolutely know what they are, but we're pretty sure what they're not," he notes. They could be protofeathers, McKellar says.

Often this kind of structure is called "dinofuzz."

Check out the feathers and the fuzz for yourself. All captions are taken from materials provided by the researchers in their paper, published today in Science.

Dinosaur Feathers Discovered in Canadian Amber


Philippians 3:14
Feathers 101

There are six types of feathers on all bird species around the world today:

Contour feathers
Down feathers (includes Powder Down feathers)
Flight feathers
Semiplume feathers
Filoplume feathers
Bristle feathers (mostly in owls, nightjars and other nightbirds; also woodpeckers)

Birds are unable to fly without each and every one of these types of feathers.

There are simple to complex ways bird feathers are colored:

1) Pigments (melanin; eumelanin-black, grays; pheomelanin-shades of yellows, reds, golds; carotenoids-stunning yellows, reds, oranges)

2) Light refraction within feather structures (reflecting blues and greens back to our eyes)

3) Iridescence (light-transmitting substance in a feather's barbules--tinier structures within a feather's barb--causing light to move in different directions and at different speeds, making colors appear to shimmer)

4) No light absorption (makes feathers appear transparent or white)

5) UV light reflection (birds are able to see UV light reflecting off other bird feathers and thus can tell the difference between males and females; to us male and female crows, doves, jays and other non-dimorphic birds all look the same because we can't see UV light)

The obvious question is, why would a humongous dinosaur need feathers? Flight would be impossible, given its physical structure.


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Re: Feathers 101

The obvious question is, why would a humongous dinosaur need feathers? Flight would be impossible, given its physical structure.

But don't' they say that about bees as well? lol

Not saying they are right, just my silly way of saying they don't know everything. :cookiemonster:


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I've been under the impression that a lot if these so called feathered dinosaurs have been provided by dealers. As in someone who could put together a package to sell to someone looking for a psrticular product/item, in this case a dinosaur. I've read this lot on different websites.