Sheyla

By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

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

Enantiornithines had clawed fingers on the wings and teeth inside their beaks.

Nonetheless, from the outside they resembled modern day birds.

Enantiornithines had clawed fingers on the wings and teeth inside their beaks.

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Enantiornithines have been found in every continent with the exception of Antartica.

Birds use their feathers for flight, mating, balance, and regulating their body temperature.

Enantiornithines have been found in every continent with the exception of Antartica.

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Melanosomes not only gives colour to the plumage, it also provides an iridescent effect.

Researchers used high-power X-rays to determine the presence of colour.

Melanosomes not only gives colour to the plumage, it also provides an iridescent effect.

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Dr. Stig Walsh who is not connected with the research says this is the first time the existence of melanosomes has been found in a prehistoric bird.

"This kind of extravagant feather array, like the tail feathers of peacocks, is usually used for mate attraction," explains Walsh. "It seems this bird was an adolescent out on its first attempt to 'pull', so to speak."

Dr. Stig Walsh who is not connected with the research says this is the first time the existence of melanosomes has been found in a prehistoric bird.

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Aside from discovering the similar mating behaviour of the prehistoric bird to modern birds, scientists are also excited about what this research will do.

Being able to study the pigment from the enantiornithine's feathers will allow them to know the exact colour of other prehistoric birds as well as large dinosaurs.

Aside from discovering the similar mating behaviour of the prehistoric bird to modern birds, scientists are also excited about what this research will do.

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