Plumage Color Patterns of an Extinct Dinosaur

  title={Plumage Color Patterns of an Extinct Dinosaur},
  author={Quanguo Li and K. Gao and J. Vinther and M. Shawkey and J. Clarke and Liliana D'Alba and Qing-jin Meng and D. E. Briggs and R. Prum},
  pages={1369 - 1372}
  • Quanguo Li, K. Gao, +6 authors R. Prum
  • Published 2010
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Dinosaur Plumage Coloration and appearance provide important behavioral and evolutionary information in animals. However, for the most part, we do not know the coloration of fossil terrestrial animals. Li et al. (p. 1369, published online 4 February) have reconstructed the appearance of a theropod dinosaur by mapping features of its well-preserved feathers and comparing them with modern samples from birds. Feather color is partly determined by melanosome density and shape, and this information… CONTINUE READING
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