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The strange tail of a little bird in the dinosaur era was literally a drug

Original fossil of ancient bird Former Chuabis, Found in the Jehol Biota in northeastern China. (Image credit: Gao Wei)

The extravagant tail feathers of dinosaur-era birds may have helped to beat their peers, but the fluffy lumps were literally in-flight resistance, according to well-preserved fossil studies.

Researchers said the bird’s tail was really “strange.” It had two long plume feathers that were over 150% of its body length. At the base of the tail, short-feathered, stiff fans are likely to have helped the birds fly, the researchers said.

The strange tail of a little bird in the dinosaur era was literally a drug

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