Reconstruction of Microraptor and the Evolution of Iridescent Plumage

@article{Li2012ReconstructionOM,
  title={Reconstruction of Microraptor and the Evolution of Iridescent Plumage},
  author={Quanguo Li and K. Gao and Qing-jin Meng and J. Clarke and M. Shawkey and Liliana D'Alba and Rui Pei and M. Ellison and M. Norell and J. Vinther},
  journal={Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={335},
  pages={1215 - 1219}
}
  • Quanguo Li, K. Gao, +7 authors J. Vinther
  • Published 2012
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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