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
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
Paleontologists have unearthed the first extinct penguin with preserved evidence of scales and feathers. The 36-million-year-old fossil from Peru shows the new giant penguin’s feathers were reddish brown and grey, distinct from the black tuxedoed look of living penguins. The fossil shows the flipper and feather shapes that make penguins such powerful swimmers evolved early, while the color patterning of living penguins is likely a much more recent innovation.