Animal Research

Scientists see evidence of iridescent rainbow feathers on a dinosaur

Scientists see evidence of iridescent rainbow feathers on a dinosaur

A team of Chinese, American and Belgian scientists have unearthed a 161-million-year-old dinosaur fossil showing that the animal may have had vibrant, iridescent plumage like that of peacocks and other birds today.

The fossil of the dazzling dinosaur, described in the journal Nature Communications, sheds fresh light on the evolution of these ancient animals and their relationship to birds.

Caihong juji, the fossil of which was first found by a farmer in northeastern China, was roughly the size of a duck and covered in feathers. It’s a theropod, like Tyrannosaurus rex, but more...

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