Saturday, 2 June 2018

Dinosaur dandruff

History of Dandruff - Part I

This article in the Guardian describes the identification of dandruff in a small, feathered, 125 million year old, dinosaur. 

Flakes of fossilised skin were found on the remains of beipiaosaurus and sinornithosaurus, which are dinosaurs, and also the early bird confuciusornis.

The discovery is of interest as it gives an indication of how dinosaurs shed their skins - in tiny flakes, rather than large sheets as modern reptiles do.

A Part II of this history is not anticipated.

 A fossil of a microraptor found in Liaoning province, China. The crow-sized dinosaur lived about 125m years ago. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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