First Feathered Dinosaur Tail Found

Perfectly preserved in amber (with feathers, eight vertebrae and soft tissue), the world’s first dinosaur tail has been discovered—initially at a market in Myitkyina, Myanmar in 2015. While feathers have been found before, this fossil definitively links feathers to dinosaurs—and this one is believed to be 99 million years old. Microscopic analysis and CT scans have revealed the tail would have had 25 vertebrae in …

First-Ever Fossilized Dinosaur Brain Found

The first-ever fossilized dinosaur brain has been discovered in England, and the preservation is so incredible that paleontologists and paleobiologists believe it was essentially pickled. While it may look like a rock, the find is actually the fossilized brain of an Iguanodon—an herbivore that would have measured around 33 feet long and weighed over three tons. The soft-tissue fossil is very rare, and it’s said …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Vale Zaha Hadid, a new high-speed train in Japan, Siberian unicorns and more in this week's look around the web

1. Architect Zaha Hadid Dies at 65 Dame Zaha Hadid, widely considered one of the world’s greatest living architects, died at the age of 65 from a heart attack. Her sudden and shocking passing ends an award-winning career in which she produced some of the world’s most ground-breaking works, including the MAXXI Museum, Spain’s Bridge Pavilion, Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Museum and the London Olympic Aquatic …