Feathered dinosaur tail preserved in amber

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REGINA – A Canadian researcher has helped identify a 99-million-year-old dinosaur tail which has been preserved in amber.

The specimen was purchased from a Myanmar amber market in 2015 by a Chinese academic who recognized its potential.

Ryan McKellar, curator at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, worked with his Chinese counterpart to identify the muscles, ligaments and skin of the tail.

The tail, which was long and flexible, was also covered in feathers.

McKellar says feathers have been linked to dinosaurs before, but not this clearly.

The research is published in the journal Current Biology.