Scientists discover 161 million-year-old ‘rainbow dinosaur’ with iridescent feathers

Rainbow Dinosaur Fossil

As the discoveries of massive ice deposits on Mars and hidden subterranean tunnels on the moon continue to fuel mankind's obsession with the cosmos, there is still so much left to be discovered here on Earth. A friendly reminder of that wonderful truth comes on Monday morning, as a group of paleontologists in China reveal exciting new findings. They have unearthed the nearly complete fossil of a previously undiscovered dinosaur that has been named Caihong juji.

The beast had a number of unique characteristics, but only one that was so special that it helped scientists choose the new dinosaur's name. Dark feathers covering the ancient creature's body gave way to ribbon-like iridescent feathers all around its head and neck. This is why scientists have chosen the name Caihong juji for the beast, which translates in English to "rainbow with a big crest."

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