Newly discovered dinosaur implies greater prevalence of feathers

2nd July, 2012

A new feathered species of theropod unearthed in Germany is evidence that feathers were more prevalent in dinosaurs than previously thought. This is the first such occurrence of feathers in a species not closely related to birds.

Feathers have been found previously in coelurosaurs which are a type of theropod but not in  megalosaurs of which this specimen is a member. Megalosaurs are also theropods but more distantly related to birds than  coelurosaurs.

The fossil is from the same formation in Germany that was host to the first specimen of Archaeopteryx discovered 150 years ago.  It’s the most complete predatory dinosaur ever found in Europe.