The Silky Serikornis Sungei Fossil Gives A Glimpse Into The Evolution Of Feathers
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Ulysse Lefèvre is a Ph. D. Student at the University of Liège in the Department of Geology. his research interests include ecology, taxonomy, paleontology, and geology. He has a special interest in evolution and dinosaurs.

                       

The Silky Serikornis Sungei Fossil Gives A Glimpse Into The Evolution Of Feathers

Exquisitely well-preserved feathered dinosaurs from the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous of north-eastern China have considerably helped paleontologists to better understand how birds evolved from dinosaurs. It has been previously postulated that the emergence of feathers was driven by their aerodynamic properties but a new species, named Serikornis sungei “the silk bird”, provides new clues about how dinosaurs feathers evolved. The little pheasant-sized dinosaur, which bears four wings (that is, two forewings and two hindwings) is mainly covered with simple...

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