Bringing Skeksi Back: New 'rainbow' dinosaur resembles creatures from 'The Dark Crystal'

A fossil unearthed in northeastern China has revealed that a species of dinosaur that lived 161 million years ago had colourful feathers very similar to those seen on modern-day hummingbirds

Caihong juji is Mandarin for "rainbow with the big crest".

A almost perfectly preserved fossil was found in the Hebei region of northeastern China. "The pigment in the feathers is black, but the shapes of the [cells] that produce the pigment are what make the colors in hummingbird feathers that we see".

The feathers would have been particularly vibrant on its head, neck and chest, with colours like those seen in hummingbird feathers.

The team saw microscopic structures in the exquisitely preserved fossil that indicated the presence of the bright plumage.

The scientists used powerful microscopes to identify remnants of organelles called melanosomes in the feathers. Chad Eliason, an evolutionary biologist at the Field Museum, who is also a part of the study, said that the discovery suggested a more colorful Jurassic World than they had previously imagined.

An global team of scientists studying the dinosaur, called Caihong juji, made the discovery by carefully analyzing tiny melanosomes, the part of the cells that contain pigment, in the fossil, which turned up dramatic evidence of the dinosaur's flamboyant plumage.

Comparison of the ancient melanosomes of Caihong with modern bird species revealed close similarities with the cells responsible for the iridescent plumage seen in hummingbirds. And, based on analysis of its fossilized feathers, the feathers on its head, wings, and tail were probably iridescent, with colors that shimmered and shifted in the light. The rest of the beast's plumage is thought to have been largely for insulation, since it is doubtful that the Caihong juji could fly despite its wings and feathers.

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Scientists found a new bird-like dinosaur species that had rainbow feathers around its neck. Instead, the two-legged predator was more akin to velociraptors with sharp teeth and bony eyebrow crests.

Birds evolved from small feathered dinosaurs from the Jurassic Period, such as Caihong.

Although only duck-sized, an artist rendition of the Caihong juji bares a striking resemblance to creatures in Jim Henson's 1982 fantasy film, The Dark Crystal, doesn't it?

"The tail feathers are asymmetrical but wing feathers not, a freakish feature previously unknown among dinosaurs including birds", explained co-author Xing Xu of the Chinese Academy of Science.

Caihong's were on its tail, suggesting tail feathers, not arm feathers, were first utilized for aerodynamic locomotion.

'It is extremely similar to some early birds such as Archaeopteryx, ' said paleontologist Dr Xing Xu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, referring to the earliest-known bird, which lived 150 million years ago.

Julia Clarke, a coauthor and paleontologist at the University of Texas, says that the melanosome database could help solve a number of future scientific puzzles-especially if it continues to grow.

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