HAIFA RESEARCHERS MAKE AMAZING DINOSAUR DISCOVERY
A University of Haifa research team have found evidence that the Microraptor shed its feathers like modern birds. They noticed several short feathers in a fossilized Microraptor from China. It is evidence that the dinosaur shed its feathers gradually.
“Sequential molting" as it is called is also done by today's birds in order to replace old or damaged feathers without losing the ability to fly. If the researchers are right, “the find would push back the estimated origins of sequential molting by 50 million years or so,” as the Microraptor existed 120 million years ago, reports
The Israeli team included doctoral student
and his mentor
Prof. Nir Sapir
of University of Haifa's Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology.