- Why it matters — The primitive feathers found in amber are nearly identical to those of today's birds. The report says that these early feather specimens are attributable to dinosaurs before they went extinct.
- Amber preservation — The feathers are in such vivid detail because the tree resin that preserves them has its own antibacterial and drying properties that slow normal decay.
- Jurassic Park? — Despite the similarities to Jurassic Park's storyline of finding dino DNA preserved in amber, a future theme park won't be in the works anytime soon. The specimens discovered in Canada are very small and don't contain any DNA material. Your Jeff Goldblum-inspired vacation plans are foiled again.