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Iridescent, Feathered Dinosaur Offers Fresh Evidence That Feathers Evolved to Attract Mates

Iridescent, Feathered Dinosaur Offers Fresh Evidence That Feathers Evolved to Attract Mates

A team of American and Chinese researchers has revealed the detailed feather pattern and color of Microraptor, a pigeon-sized, four-winged dinosaur that lived about 120 million years ago. A new specimen shows the dinosaur had a glossy iridescent sheen and that its tail was narrow and adorned with a pair of streamer feathers, suggesting the…   » Continue Reading

Paleontologist Paints Vibrant Picture of Dinosaurs

Event: "Dinosaurs in Living Color," a public outreach lecture, presented with a screening of the National Geographic film "Dinomorphosis." Both events are free and open to the public. When: Friday, March 25, 6 p.m. (film), 7 p.m. (lecture). Pre-lecture activities begin at 5:30 p.m. Where: LBJ Auditorium Background: Professor Julia Clarke, a member of the…   » Continue Reading

New Meat-Eating Dinosaur Alters Evolutionary Tree

New Meat-Eating Dinosaur Alters Evolutionary Tree

Paleontologists have unearthed a previously unknown meat-eating dinosaur in New Mexico, settling a debate about early dinosaur evolution, revealing a period of explosive diversification and hinting at how dinosaurs spread across the supercontinent Pangaea.