Posted by: Johan Normark | September 16, 2011

Dinosaur feather in amber

This is slightly off topic when it comes to my blog but this is truly exciting stuff. Dinosaur feathers have been preserved in amber! I ask myself again, why did I not become a palaeontologist instead? It is after all my main interest besides archaeology.

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  1. Indeed an amazing find that brings us really close to the mesozoic world.

  2. I wonder if it possible to extract DNA from it???

  3. I read somewhere that the DNA in such old amber often is too degraded to be useful. But one can still hope.

    Otherwise it seems that small fragments can sometimes survive as the fragments in small inclusions in salt from the permian period they found in the US. Better preserved where a lot of cellulose fibers in those small liquid bubbles.
    http://www.physics.uc.edu/~sitko/PHYS122/CelluloseHalite.pdf


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