First Dinosaur Ever Found With Both Feathers and Scales

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Paradigm shift: All early dinosaurs had feathers, paleontologists now surmise after finding first herbivore with the tell-tale plumes.

Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus, as depicted by Andrey Atuchin.A reconstruction of Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus

Feathers may have evolved in the earliest of dinosaurs, not only among the theropods that evolved into birds, surmise surprised paleontologists eyeing a new-found fossil herbivore with the tell-tale plumes – as well as scales, found in Siberia.

This is the first dinosaur found with feathers that isn’t a theropod, which is the family including the likes of T-rex and velociraptors, says the team of paleontologists, led by Pascal Godefroit of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

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