The early evolution of feathers: fossil evidence from Cretaceous amber of France

  title={The early evolution of feathers: fossil evidence from Cretaceous amber of France},
  author={Vincent Perrichot and Lo{\"i}c Marion and Didier N{\'e}raudeau and Romain Vullo and Paul Tafforeau},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  pages={1197 - 1202}
The developmental stages of feathers are of major importance in the evolution of body covering and the origin of avian flight. Until now, there were significant gaps in knowledge of early morphologies in theoretical stages of feathers as well as in palaeontological material. Here we report fossil evidence of an intermediate and critical stage in the incremental evolution of feathers which has been predicted by developmental theories but hitherto undocumented by evidence from both the recent and… 

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