This image released by the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Canada shows a dinosaur tail complete with its feathers trapped in a piece of amber. "AFP PHOTO / Royal Saskatchewan Museum
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Some 99 million years ago, a juvenile dinosaur got its feathery tail stuck in tree resin, a death trap for the small creature.The scientists suspect the tail belonged to a type of two-legged, bird-like dinosaur called a maniraptoran, one of several groups of dinosaurs that possessed feathers. Birds, which first appeared 150 million years ago in the Jurassic Period, evolved from small, feathered dinosaurs.The tail consisted of eight vertebrae, soft tissue and feathers exquisitely preserved in three dimensions.The ones trapped in the amber were more primitive than those of birds, lacking the central shaft seen in bird feathers.
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