Scientists in China recently found a dinosaur tail preserved in a piece of amber. It was at an amber market (because that’s a thing) in Myanmar and destined to be sold as a novelty item. The tail was less than 1.5 inches long but had well-preserved feathers and since feathers rarely survive millions of years intact, this tail gives scientists an awesome opportunity to study the structure of dinosaur feathers.
For those who aren’t caught up on current paleontology, it is now widely accepted by the scientific community that some, if not all, dinosaurs had feathers. That’s right. Feathers. So the dinosaur terrorizing your hometown in that recurring nightmare you’ve had since you were five, should look more like a giant chicken than the scaly Godzilla you’re imagining. Hopefully that knowledge eases your mind so you can stop paying for those weekly therapy visits where you get asked over and over about your relationship with your mother. No need to thank me.
Findings from the study of this dinosaur tail were released in the December issue of Current Biology. They’re very interesting, but I say people are missing the most important part of this whole thing. Look at the pictures of the amber. In addition to the feathered tail, there are also at least a couple of fully-preserved, prehistoric…ants!