230 Million Years Ago Lizards Have A Feathers?

Longisquama insignis is a very unique ancient lizard because it has a series of feathers that stand upright along its back. The structure of the "feathers" to this day has been a subject of debate among scientists.

Some scientists believe that the long structure growing on Longisquama's back is not a feather, but scales we can usually find on reptiles such as Iguana.

However, other scholars think otherwise. Recent research has revealed that Longisquama does indeed have feathers.


"The peculiarities of Longisquama's skin can be either scales or feathers. They may be related to the early evolution of feathers in petranosaurs and dino," said Micahel Butchwitz of Freiburg University, Germany.

Butchwitz has repeatedly analyzed the fossils. He found that the structure of the fur was actually rooted on the skin, close to the bone. So, the feathers are part of Longisquama's body.


The evolution of L. insignis later gave birth to pteranosaurs, crocodiles, dinosaurs, and birds. Each develops its own skin tone.


Longisquama lived in the mid to late Triassic era (230 - 225 million years ago). Specimens of the species were first discovered in the form of fossils in Kyrgyzstan in 1960.

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