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[Nat Geo] Rare Dinosaur-Era Bird Wings Found Trapped in Amber

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This nearly 100-million-year-old wing tip features bones, soft tissue, and feathers preserved in amber. It was nicknamed "Angel" because it was originally intended to be used in a pendant called "Angel's Wings." 

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Two tiny wings entombed in amber reveal that plumage (the layering, patterning, coloring, and arrangement of feathers) seen in birds today already existed in at least some of their predecessors nearly a hundred million years ago.

A study of the mummified wings, published in the June 28 issue of Nature Communications and funded in part by the National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council, indicated they most likely belonged to enantiornithes , a group of avian dinosaurs that became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period. (Read more about the evolution from dinosaurs to modern birds.)


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Pretty crazy how normal it looks.
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Pretty crazy how normal it looks.

Yeah, I was expecting something like this

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Yeah, I was expecting something like this


If I saw something like that around my feeders I'd never venture outside ever again.
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If I saw something like that around my feeders I'd never venture outside ever again.

I'd domesticate it and raise an army devil.gif
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Pretty crazy how normal it looks.

My thoughts exactly.
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Wow, just amazing,
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I'd domesticate it and raise an army devil.gif

You would have to hand feed the hatchlings though....

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Bet it tastes like chicken.......... thumb.gif
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If only we could recreate the bird from the DNA in those feathers/bones! I suspect it would need to get used to our atmosphere since oxygen levels have dropped a bit compared to 100 million years ago tongue.gif
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