Dinosaur's feathered tail found preserved in amber


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/12/13/dinosaurs-feathered-tail-fou.html


#2

Oh, that’s where I left that…


#3

This is so cool. I cant help wondering what would have happened if this piece of amber had been recognised for what it is 20-odd years ago, before the shift in the consensus towards feathered dinosaurs.


#4

Let’s all hope that’s not just part of Percival Dunwoody’s feather boa that he dropped on his last…tour.


#5

It’s actually the first definitive find of dinosaur feather in amber. There have been sedimentary fossils and inconclusive – maybe bird, maybe dinosaur – amber discoveries before. But this turning up in a market is pretty priceless. I wonder how much it was bought for?


#6

My friend who made the laser system used to try to glean the colors of the other feather fossils, hopes to get a chance to zap this sample.


#7

Who wouldn’t hope to get the chance to zap a fossilized dinosaur feather with a laser?

That sounds like it would rank up near the top of the “most awesome ways to advance science.”


#8

Finally, my dream of being consumed by resurrected beasts from the distant past has a glimmer of hope.


#9

Stop that fool! My science calculations show when the laser hits the sample, the dinosaur DNA will merge with the laser’s DNA at a scientific level, creating a new hybrid or “Lasersaurus” if you will. It will be unstoppable!


#10

You’re going to be sad to know that feathers and hair are made of keratin and don’t have DNA.

Though I guess having a bit of tail mixed in… but pretty sure it has degraded over time.


#11

This is exactly how Reptilicus started.


#12

######Thinks he’s a coelurosaur. We’d have him committed, but we need the eggs.


#13

Overheard over a Cretaceous back fence:

So, I say to him, I say, “Billy, don’t go sticking your tail into no tree sap”. And he says, “But Ma,” he says, “All the other hatchlings are doing it. It makes your feathers so smooth and shiny”. “Billy,” I says, “It’ll stick”. Does he listen? Nooooooo! So we spend two hours at the doctors and he says it might take two years to grow back and everybody’s calling him “stumpy”…


#14

More likes. This is awesome.


#15

Somebody get this person a B-movie contract!
STAT!


#16

That’s awesome.


#17

I know everyone is sick of remakes, but wouldn’t it be awesome to redo the Jurassic Park movies with featured dinosaurs?


#18

Laser raptors deserve a second chance.


#19

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