Quill knobs found on a Velociraptor’s forearm bone in Mongolia prove that the fierce dinosaurs had feathers, according to researchers.
Scientists have believed for a long time that Velociraptors were related to birds, but this is the first evidence that they had feathers.
“If people saw this animal now, they would think it’s a really strange-looking bird,” Alan Turner, a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, told National Geographic.
“Instead of the more reptilian-looking versions that Steven Spielberg used in Jurassic Park, these would be much fluffier, much [more] feathery animals with what looks like wings on their forearms.”
Researchers don’t think the dinosaur was able to fly, but the feathers may have been useful for display, to shield nests, for temperature control or to help it maneuver while running.