Research NewsPaleontology

New Feathered Fossil Brings Dinosaurs and Birds Closer

Science  01 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5288, pp. 720-721
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5288.720

Summary

New York—A fossil of a seemingly downy dinosaur, recently discovered in China, strengthens the theory that birds evolved from dinosaurs. Photographs of the fossil were the talk of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting here, where they were first displayed, but some paleontologists remain convinced that birds descended from reptiles that preceded dinosaurs.