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Feathers appeared before birds and dinosaurs and were not designed for flying.

It has long been believed that dinosaurs, like lizardsand other reptiles were covered with scales, but in reality they could well have feathers. This is evidenced by many fossils of ancient creatures, and a new discovery by researchers from the University of Bristol at all proves that the feather coating of some animals appeared much earlier than in birds and dinosaurs. The most interesting is that they were not intended to fly.

According to Professor Michael Benton fromUniversity of Bristol, feather cover in animals appeared 80 million years before the appearance of the birds themselves. Archeopteryx remains the most ancient bird, however, Chinese paleontologists have unearthed the remains of even more ancient creatures over the past ten years, which had almost the same plumage as modern birds.

Plumage appeared earlier than expected

According to researchers, feathers are formed behinda protein account of beta keratins, and signs of the first associated genetic changes were recorded by scientists from the remains of animals that lived about 250 million years ago, at the beginning of the Triassic. At this time, the ancient animals just mastered different ways of movement and improved the system of regulating the temperature of the body. That is why researchers believe that feathers were not used for flying — it’s more likely that 80 million years before the birds appeared, the feather cover provided insulation.

Insulating plumage could haveKulindadromeus dinosaur found in Russia. His body was not just covered with feathers, but thanks to the different forms of feather structures on different areas of the body, the plumage provided good thermal control. Looks like dinosaurs, covered with feathers, you can see in our material.

Dinosaur Kulindadromeus

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