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    Microraptor suggests feathers evolved to attract mates

    By Christopher Palmer
    Published: March 8, 2012

    Julia Clarke, associate professor of paleontology at the Jackson School of Geosciences, discusses how a tail shape with feathers may have originated as a function of communication rather than aerodynamics, which came later in the evolution of flight.

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    Credit for home page banner image: Artist’s recreation of Microraptor with iridescent plumage. Credit: Jason Brougham/U. of Texas at Austin.

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      Ryan said on March 22, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.
      What a splendid discovery and a lovely video. Please post more such videos about paleontology and University of Texas research in the future.
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