Famous fossil is not an Archaeopteryx feather after all

Lasers solve the mystery of the missing quill.

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  • The famous fossilized feather found in the 1860s is from some unknown animal.
  • The fossil's missing quill has long kept its identity unknown.
  • We're just at the beginning of our awareness of feathered dinosaurs.
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Scientists are 'blown away' to find a feathered dinosaur tail preserved in amber

A 99-million-year-old dinosaur tail with feathers was examined in a new study by an international team of researchers.

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