PacSci-Doku: "Feathered Ancestor" Answer

By Dennis Schatz - Senior Vice President for Strategic Programs

The question in this edition is:

What new evidence adds to our understanding regarding the ancestors of today's birds?

The answer: Downy Dino

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Last year, paleontologists announced the discovery of the largest dinosaur ever found with feathers – really more of a downy covering, which makes it the Downy Dino. Yutyrannus was a 30-foot-long carnivore, distantly related to T.rex. It lived 125 million years ago in China, more than 30 million years before T.rex roamed the Western United States. The discovery of wispy feathers on different parts of Yutyrannus make scientists wonder if all dinosaurs had some sort of feathers during their lives. Learn more about Yutyrannus and its downy coat.

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