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Velociraptors had feathers [Random Knowledge #4]
posted February 12 2013 22:13.27 by Giorgos Lazaridis




After examining some bones a team of paleontologists at the American Museum of Natural History and the Field Museum of Natural History discovered that Velociraptors had feathers. It is known that many dinosaurs had feathers. The fossil they examined came from Mongolia in 1998. They discovered clear evidence of quill knobs. These quill knobs are places where the feathers of birds anchor to the bone.


A lack of quill knobs does not necessarily mean that a dinosaur did not have feathers," said Alan Turner, lead author on the study and a graduate student of paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History and at Columbia University in New York. "Finding quill knobs on velociraptor, though, means that it definitely had feathers. This is something we'd long suspected, but no one had been able to prove

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