Topic: Fossils

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

March 8, 2012

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 importance of display in the early evolution of feathers, as presented in the March 9 edition of the journal Science.

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Microraptor suggests feathers evolved to attract mates

March 8, 2012
Microraptor suggests feathers evolved to attract mates

Julia Clarke, assistant professor of paleontology, discusses how a feathered tail on birds may have evolved as a function of communication and not of aerodynamics.

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The mysteries of fossils, rocks and artifacts

Jan. 17, 2012
The mysteries of fossils, rocks and artifacts

In this video, Texas Natural Science Center experts help visitors of all ages identify natural objects they've found, and the results are often surprising.

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Dig this

Nov. 21, 2011
Dig this

For three College of Liberal Arts undergraduates, conducting research with professors helped them discover what they wanted to do next.

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BP Donation Will Help Save Dinosaur Tracks at The University of Texas at Austin

Nov. 15, 2011

Multinational energy company BP PLC has donated $40,000 to the Texas Natural Science Center at The University of Texas at Austin in support of the center's capital campaign to save its one-of-a-kind display of fossilized dinosaur tracks from deterioration.

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