gambling and leisure paradise, in the middle of a barren desert with
giant sandstorms twice a day. A brilliant Idea. The structures are able
to rise from the desert to fly above the sandstorms so the party goes on
Tried to stay away from photo’s a bit. So just 3D and painting this time”
Measuring about 1.5m long (5′), and living during the Mid-Late Jurassic of Siberia, Russia (~169-144 mya), this little floofer was officially named and described just two years ago. And while it might not look much different from most other feathered dinosaurs, it was actually an incredibly important discovery.
Why? Because this was the first known fully-fuzzy ornithischian, about as distantly related to feathery theropods as it’s possible to get while still being considered a dinosaur.
It sported three distinct types of fluff – hair-like “dinofuzz” filaments over most of its body, downy tufts on its arms and thighs, and unique ribbon-like structures on its shins. It also had three different types of scales, with small round scales on its hands and feet, hexagonal scales on its lower shins, and five rows of overlapping rectangular scales along the top of its tail.
What’s California doing in space? Drifting through the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy, this cosmic cloud by chance echoes the outline of California on the west coast of the United States. Our own Sun also lies within the Milky Way’s Orion Arm, only about 1,500 light-years from the California Nebula. Also known as NGC 1499, the classic emission nebula is around 100 light-years long. On the featured image, the most prominent glow of the California Nebula is the red light characteristic of hydrogen atoms recombining with long lost electrons, stripped away (ionized) by energetic starlight. The star most likely providing the energetic starlight that ionizes much of the nebular gas is the bright, hot, bluish Xi Persei just to the right of the nebula. A regular target for astrophotographers, the California Nebula can be spotted with a wide-field telescope under a dark sky toward the constellation of Perseus, not far from the Pleiades.