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Origin of feathers pushed back by 70 million years
Study of flying reptile sheds light on origin of feathers https://t.co/RtY2hVY7XL— The Irish Times (@IrishTimes) December 17, 2018
"The feather has deeper origins, not of a bird but maybe from the ancestors of birds, dinosaurs and pterosaurs” https://t.co/w4V1ODPNCG— NYT Science (@NYTScience) December 18, 2018
Irish scientists have pushed the origin of feathers back by 70 million years.— The Times IE (@thetimesIE) December 17, 2018
Not everybody is convinced these fossils had feathers. “I would challenge nearly all their interpretations of the structures." https://t.co/5mZ0ixyJ6G— The Scientist (@TheScientistLLC) December 19, 2018
Flying reptiles called pterosaurs - who lived alongside dinosaurs from 230 to 66 million years ago - had at least four types of feathers according to a new study https://t.co/UgBcz4LNtp— TheJournal.ie (@thejournal_ie) December 17, 2018
Paleontologists found that pterosaurs had at least four types of feathers in common with the dinosaurs they lived alongside 230 to 66 million years ago. https://t.co/kh0fvlMopA#pterosaurs #dinosaurs #feathers— Stephanie Mlot (@smlot_geek) December 18, 2018
Breakthrough from scientists in Cork shows flying reptiles had feathers over 200 million years ago https://t.co/EYI3bfq0XU— IrishGeoAssociation (@IrishGeoAssoc) December 17, 2018
Birds have two types of advanced feathers used in flight and for body smoothing, the contour feathers with a hollow quill and barbs down both sides. These are found only in birds and the theropod dinosaurs close to bird origins.
However, the other feather types of modern birds include monofilaments and down feathers, and these are seen much more widely across dinosaurs and pterosaurs.
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