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New Finding: Dinosaur's Feathers Were Black with Iridescent Sheen
March 8, 2012
A pigeon-sized, four-winged dinosaur known as Microraptor had black iridescent feathers when it roamed the Earth 130 million years ago, according to new research led by a team of American and Chinese scientists that includes Museum researchers. The dinosaur's fossilized plumage is the earliest record of iridescent feather color. The findings suggest the importance of display in the early evolution of feathers.
American Museum of Natural History
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