Scientists Discover New Winged Dinosaur
Will it be a feather in their cap? The missing link between birds and dinosaurs is a moving target, but scientists in China have discovered Zhenyuanlong, a five-foot dromaeosaur that may be one of the last bird-like dinos before the evolutionary transition. This cousin of Velociraptor had large feathered wings — but it’s unclear why, because the beast was likely too heavy to fly. “Seeing a dinosaur with feathers is seeing evolution in action,” raved one paleontologist, hoping Zhenyuanlong will help research take off.