Dinosaur had ginger feathers
By Victoria Gill
Science reporter, BBC News
Meet Sinosauropteryx, a very spiky little dinosaur.
A team of scientists from China and the UK has now revealed that the bristles of this 125-million-year-old dinosaur were in fact ginger-coloured feathers.
The researchers say that the diminutive carnivore had a "Mohican" of feathers running along its head and back. It also had a striped tail.
The team revealed details of the dinosaur's coloured feathers in an article published on Nature's website.
The team began by studying the fossilised remains of a bird, Confuciusornis, which also lived during the early cretaceous period.
Confuciusornis' feathers were preserved in extraordinarily complete fossils that were recently discovered in northern China.
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