Friday, December 9, 2016

A feathered dinosaur tail

The BBC reports on a feathered dinosaur tail discovered in amber from Myanmar. It appears that the sparrow-sized dinosaur might have been alive when it was trapped. The article suggests the critter died because it couldn't get loose. There are other possibilities.

A shrew-like creature scuttles up the tree
pine bark spalls
pulled loose by sharp claws
sharper teeth worry a tiny overlord
feathered cousin of tyrannosaurs
and sauropods that shake the land
the proto-rat makes short work
of the head and torso
spitting out feathers
that soon litter the needled ground
the gummed tail is out of reach
not much meat on it

That's probably what really happened

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