Topic: Julia clarke

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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Paleontologist Paints Vibrant Picture of Dinosaurs

March 23, 2011

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.

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Fossilized Giant Penguin Reveals Unusual Colors, Sheds Light on Bird Evolution

Sept. 30, 2010

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.

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True colors of dinosaur feathers revealed

Feb. 8, 2010
True colors of dinosaur feathers revealed

Now it's possible to illustrate what some dinosaurs looked like without having to guess. For the first time, researchers have revealed the true colors of dinosaur feathers.

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