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Paleontologists: Feather fossil could change look of predatory dinosaurs

• Stacey Pounsberry .thebunsenburner
 The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) released an article today describing a feathered predator not closely related to birds.

The 150-million-year-old fossil found in a Bavarian limestone quarry dubbed Sciurumimus albersdoerferi was likely a young megalosaur, a group of large, two-legged meat-eating dinosaurs, National Geographic reported Monday.

The article describes how the baby Sciurumimus fossil, found in the limestone of northern Bavaria, preserves the remains of “a filamentous plumage, indicating the whole body was covered with feathers.” The Sciurimimus albersdoerferi genus name refers to the bushy tail the animal appears to have worn in life and relates to the scientific name of tree squirrels that bear the same characteristic today.

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