HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Feathers on reptile older than dinosaurs, reported in Science

Washington DC - A small, flying reptile older than most dinosaurs may have sported a set of feathers, suggests a study in the 23 June issue of Science. The evidence comes from a fossil approximately 220 million years old, about 75 million years older than the oldest known bird, Archeopteryx.

According to the interpretation by Terry Jones, of Oregon State University, and coauthors, the strong similarities between the fossil feathers and modern day bird feathers suggest an evolutionary link between the two.

Although the exact relationship between the reptile, named Longisquama insignis, and modern birds is uncertain, these findings may pose a challenge to the prevailing theory that birds evolved from dinosaurs. (See the related News article by Erik Stokstad, to be available on 21 June.)

Longisquama was an archosaur, a member of the group of reptiles that gave rise to dinosaurs, crocodiles, and birds. The lizard-like creature was "a little tiny guy, about ten inches long from head to tail," said coauthor John Ruben, also of Oregon State University. Elongated scales adorned Longisquama's long arms, perhaps for use in gliding, and its back.

According to coauthor Larry Martin, of the University of Kansas, the fossil was discovered more than three decades ago in central Asia by a Russian paleontologist who specialized in insects. When the scientist published the first report of the fossil in 1970, he described a row of long narrow appendages down the animal's back, interpreting them as a frill of extremely long scales.

Martin contends, however, that "the slightest breeze would have toppled the animal over" if the structure had been a frill.

A later Russian study revised the picture, describing two parallel rows of supposed scales and proposing that Longisquama may have been able to pivot to form a pair of wing-like structures. Still, the appendages continued to be described as scales.

"The scien
'"/>

Contact: Heather Singmaster
hsingmas@aaas.org
202-326-6414
American Association for the Advancement of Science
22-Jun-2000


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Specialized brain helped ancient reptiles fly and hunt
2. Worlds smallest reptile discovered in Caribbean
3. Ancient reptile is efficient chewer
4. Ancient running reptile was bipedal, say Science researchers
5. Newly found bipedal reptile fossil predates dinosaurs by more than 60 million years
6. Running out of reptiles
7. Medical imaging shows dinosaur heart more like birds or mammals than reptiles
8. Regular physical activity really does boost immune system in older men
9. Origin of West Indian insect eater much older than previously thought
10. Educational program increases some safety behaviors for older drivers
11. Ancient DNA mutations permitted humans to adapt to colder climates, UCI researchers find

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/22/2016)... , June 22, 2016  The American College of Medical ... Show Executive Magazine as one of the fastest-growing trade ... 25-27 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas ... highest percentage of growth in each of the following categories: ... companies and number of attendees. The 2015 ACMG Annual Meeting ...
(Date:6/22/2016)... , June 22, 2016   ... management and verification solutions, has partnered with ... software solutions for Visitor Management, Self-Service Kiosks ... provides products that add functional enhancements to ... provides corporations and venues with an automated ...
(Date:6/22/2016)... On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security ... solutions for the Biometric Exit Program. The Request for ... (CBP), explains that CBP intends to add biometrics to ... United States , in order to deter visa ... Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160622/382209LOGO ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... on what they believe could be a new and helpful biomarker for malignant ... Click here to read it now. , Biomarkers are components in ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Parallel 6 , the leading software as a service ... Virtual Patient Encounter CONSULT module which enables both audio and video telemedicine communication ... , Using the CONSULT module, patients and physicians can schedule a face to face ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... Newly created ... services and solutions to the healthcare market. The company's primary focus is on ... sales and marketing strategies that are necessary to help companies efficiently bring their ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... Hill, N.C. (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 ... ... U.S. commercial operations for Amgen, will join the faculty of the University ... serve as adjunct professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler, with a ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: