Link About It: This Week’s Picks

From prehistoric-era findings to the first-ever floating museum, our round-up of the web

Baumraum’s Prefab Tree Houses Start at $6,000 German design firm Baumraum custom-builds tree houses roughly the size of motorhomes. After taking into account the site—and health and future wellbeing of the surrounding trees and their roots—they prefabricate many of the houses. Of the 50 they’ve assembled around the world, prices (including construction and interior work) have ranged from approximately $20,000 to $167,000. That said, they’ve …

Opalized Bones Alter Australia’s Prehistoric History

Beginning with an excavation in 1984, an opal mine in Lightning Ridge (in rural New South Wales, Australia) suddenly became a hotbed for fossilized—and subsequently opalized—dinosaur bones. While the original team assumed the abnormally large and centralized collection of bones came from one body, researchers are now learning they are bones from multiple dinosaurs and an entirely new species—implying that a herd, which is now …

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 …