Monday, September 28, 2009

Other: You're My Bitch, Archaeopteryx!

Scientists have unearthed several fossils in China of a 155-million-year-old creature with feathers and four wings, named Anchiornis huxleyi. Scientists feel it is more dinosaur than early bird, but it certainly has hallmarks of the transition between the two. The animal predates the famous "ancient bird" Archaeopteryx by about a million years.

Both Scientific American and Wired magazine have short pieces on the findings, including pictures of a well-preserved fossil. However, the latter article also has an artist's rendering of how the bird-osaur might have appeared in life. That is one pimped-out raptor.

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