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Dino-Birds: The Feathered Dinosaurs of China

Fossilized remains of Protarchaeopteryx

Fossilized remains of Protarchaeopteryx

   
  Amazing Fossils Found In China
 

A fish has gills, a mammal has hair and birds have feathers. We use these sorts of snappy, one-off features to sort and group animals. We take the feature for granted and don't question it further - which is fine 99 per cent of the time. But occasionally nature reveals an animal that defeats our superficial ways of sorting and makes us look and think more carefully. Such a fossil animal was discovered in China in 1997. What sort of animal do you think it is?