Topic: Julia clarke

Expedition to Antarctica Will Search for Dinosaurs and More

Feb. 1, 2016
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An international team of researchers is traveling to Antarctica to search for fossils that will reveal how life developed on the now-frozen continent after nonavian dinosaurs were wiped out. 

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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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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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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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