Paleontologists in Canada have discovered a treasure trove of dinosaur feathers (I know -- it's still hard for me to believe too) trapped in amber that should shed some light on the evolution of feathered animals, and, God unwilling but let's totally do it anyways, the potential cloning of my smexy reptilian brethren.
A team of scientists from the University of Alberta believes the feathers, 11 in total, are from the Late Cretaceous period, which spanned 99 million to 66 million years ago.
Discoveries of dinosaur feathers have helped reshape the public's perception of the extinct creatures. Gone are the days when dinosaur skin was thought of as solely scaly.
"You can kind of track where the science is going by just looking at contemporary culture," Dr. Norell said. "If you look at the original Jurassic Park film, all the dinosaurs looked like crocodiles. And today, you look at the most recent incarnations of them, and lots of them are fluffy."
Whoa whoa whoa -- fluffy dinosaurs?! THIS. CHANGES. EVERYTHING. But mostly just what I picture when I masturbate. Let's clone 'dem beeches already.
Alberta's dinosaur feathers have paleontologists all atwitter [theglobeandmail]
Thanks to Melissa, who cloned a pterodactyl and trained it as a winged mount but apparently they don't understand power lines.