Downy Beast Suggests All Dinos Sported Feathers

July 25, 2014 2:25 PM

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Downy Beast Suggests All Dinos Sported Feathers

Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" might need a little more revising -- a newly discovered dinosaur species offers hints that feathers were much more common among the ancient beasts than once thought.

Researchers unearthed hundreds of fossils of a new genus and species of plant-eating dinosaur called Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus in Siberia that sports both feathers and scales. The finding suggests that most dinosaurs had feathers, which they used for insulation or attracting mates, only later rely...

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