Reconstruction of Microraptor and the Evolution of Iridescent Plumage

  title={Reconstruction of Microraptor and the Evolution of Iridescent Plumage},
  author={Quanguo Li and Keqin Gao and Qingjin Meng and Julia A. Clarke and Matthew D. Shawkey and Liliana D’Alba and Rui Pei and Michael Ellison and Mark A. Norell and Jakob Vinther},
  pages={1215 - 1219}
Flashy Feathers Feather colors play key roles in the lives of birds, functioning in everything from camouflage, to thermoregulation, to sexual signaling. Much recent research has revealed that some dinosaurs also had feathers, and examination of feather components in fossil and preserved feathers has begun to reveal how feather color may have played a role in the lives of these dinosaurs. Li et al. (p. 1215) compared the characteristics of the melanosomes of the paravian dinosaur Microraptor to… 
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