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Scientists discover details about dinosaur-era birds' feather

Updated: Nov 14, 2016 16:01 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov.14 (ANI): If you are curious about the birds of dinosaur-era then there is good news as the scientists have recently discovered a new bohaiornithid bird specimen from the Early Cretaceous Period of China with remarkably preserved feathers.

Bohaiornithid birds belonged to enantiornithes, a group of avian dinosaurs that lived millions of years ago.

Our current knowledge of prehistoric plumage is limited, but the new findings provide valuable insights related to structure and colouration.

"Many enantiornithine birds possessed ornate feathers. This new specimen shows that some enantiornithines also had iridescent feathers and unlike most modern birds, these flashy ornaments developed before the animal was fully grown," said Jennifer Peteya, lead author of the Palaentology study.

The story has been published in the Palaentology journal. (ANI)