12/26/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Is it Time for Dinosaur Feathers?

Sometimes life takes a creative leap that's almost miraculous. Nobody knows how this happens, and it can never be predicted. You'd never know, looking at a reptile's round, hard, shiny scales, that they could genetically morph into feathers. Paleontologists know that they did, however, and finding the very first dinosaur that sprouted feathers is one of the great discoveries waiting to happen. (You might recall that a spectacular fossil was found in China that seemed to fit the bill, but after debuting on the cover of National Geographic and many other publications, it turned out to be a fake.)

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