Sheyla

By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

Scientists Found A Brand New Dinosaur, And It Changes Everything We Know.

Peacocks are known for their beautiful feathers. The pheasants proudly opens its plumage like a fan in order to attract and court a mate. In fact, the peafowl will inspect the males’ feathers before it makes its decision to go forward to copulate together.

Parrots, California quail, and the red-legged partridge are also birds who rely on the colour of their plumage to score points with the females. These birds may have inherited this behaviour from an ancestor millions of years ago.

A prehistoric bird that lived about 120 million years ago was found in Liaoning, China. It lived during the Age of the Dinosaurs which is the Mesozoic Era. This is broken up in to three periods; Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. What is spectacular about this finding is the prehistoric bird’s iridescent feathers.

Modern birds today use their beautiful and colourful plumage for sexual selection.

The more colourful and sparkling the feather, the more the bird is seen as a strong specimen to mate with.

Modern birds today use their beautiful and colourful plumage for sexual selection.

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The fossil was found with almost a complete skeleton and the feathers preserved.

Lead researcher from the Department of Biology and Integrated Bioscience Program at the University of Akron, Jennifer Peteya, says the bird belongs to the enantiornithes group.

The fossil was found with almost a complete skeleton and the feathers preserved.

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In modern birds, iridescent feathers do not appear until adulthood.

"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," explains Peteya.

In modern birds, iridescent feathers do not appear until adulthood.

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The fossil contains elanosomes, the pigment-carrying organelles found in birds today.

The bird found was only eight centimetres in length.

The fossil contains elanosomes, the pigment-carrying organelles found in birds today.

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The fossil's feathers were perfectly preserved.

The dinosaur's feathers were long and spread out from the back and tail. This led researchers to believe it displayed its wings the same way peacocks do today.

The fossil's feathers were perfectly preserved.

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