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Scientists Find Evidence of Iridescence in 40 million-year-old Feather Fossil
August 26, 2009
A team of paleontologists and ornithologists led by Yale University has discovered evidence of vivid iridescent colors in feather fossils more than 40 million years old. The finding signifies the first evidence of a preserved color-producing nanostructure in a fossilized feather.
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