Dinosaur tail found preserved in amber, what can we learn?

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In summary, the discovery of dinosaur material preserved in amber is a significant finding, as it allows for the detailed study of ancient structures. However, due to the instability of DNA in amber, it is unlikely that genetic testing will be possible. This discovery also sheds light on the co-evolution of parasites and their hosts, and the possibility that descendants of these ancient creatures may still exist today.
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Late Jurassic Period dinosaur tail found preserved in amber.
How big of a discovery is this? Will we be able to do genetic testing that we haven't been able to before?

"This is the first time we've found dinosaur material preserved in amber," co-author Ryan McKellar, of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Canada, told the BBC News website.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38224564
 
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Can't do genetic testing because (as I understand it) amber tends to break down DNA rather than preserve it.
However, it is able to show structure in great detail.

Just recently there was a story about some amber preserving a lice in some dinosaur feathers.
This shows something new, lice had dinosaurs (or dinosaurs had lice, depending on your perspective).

Parasites and their host tend to co-evolve.
So it is possible, their descendants may still be together (lice and birds descended from dinosaurs).
 
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Related to Dinosaur tail found preserved in amber, what can we learn?

1. What is the significance of finding a dinosaur tail preserved in amber?

Finding a dinosaur tail preserved in amber is significant because it provides a rare and unique glimpse into the anatomy and behavior of dinosaurs. It allows us to study and learn about these ancient creatures in a way that was previously impossible.

2. How old is the amber containing the dinosaur tail?

The age of the amber containing the dinosaur tail can vary, but it is estimated to be around 99 million years old. This means that the tail belonged to a dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period.

3. What can we learn about the dinosaur from the preserved tail?

The preserved tail can provide information about the physical characteristics of the dinosaur, such as its size and shape. It can also give insight into the dinosaur's movements and behavior, as well as its evolutionary relationships with other dinosaurs.

4. How is the tail preserved in amber?

Amber is a natural resin that is produced by certain trees. When a small animal, such as an insect or a lizard, becomes trapped in the resin, it can preserve the animal's body parts in incredible detail. In the case of the dinosaur tail, it is likely that the tail got stuck in the resin and was preserved before it could decompose.

5. What other discoveries have been made from amber fossils?

Amber fossils have provided a wealth of information about ancient life on Earth. In addition to the dinosaur tail, scientists have found insects, plants, and even feathers preserved in amber. These discoveries have helped us better understand the evolution of various species and their interactions with their environments.

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