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Researchers used brown and black chicken feathers for their study
2014-03-06 07:01:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has been proposed by paleontologists who study fossilized feathers that the shapes of certain microscopic structures found inside the feathers might tell us the color of the ancient birds. If these structures are melanosomes, that could be true. A new study, led by North Carolina State University, however, demonstrates that it is not yet possible to tell if the structures are melanosomes, or remnants of ancient bacteria. Found...

2011-07-01 05:20:00

Researchers have uncovered chemical traces of a pigment, an important component of color, that once formed patterns in the feathers of fossilized birds. The pigment is one of the coloring agents responsible for brown eyes and dark hair in many modern species.  This discovery would have been one of the factors that determined the birds' color patterns, along with structural properties of the birds' feathers and other pigments they ingested as part of their diets. The discovery will help...

2006-06-15 13:05:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A set of 110-million-year-old fossils from China is the earliest example of a modern-looking bird and strongly suggests ancestors of all living birds were waterfowl, researchers said on Thursday. The pigeon-sized bird probably resembled a tern or a loon, the researchers said. Called Gansus yumenensis, it would have been an accomplished flyer and diver and could well be one of the ancestors of modern birds, the researchers...

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