feathers

Ancient Flying Reptiles Featured Distinctly Dino-Like Feathers

Feathers were common among dinosaurs, but scientists aren’t certain if the fur-like coverings of pterosaurs — a group of flying reptiles — were of the same sort seen on dinos and birds or something completely different. The discovery of two exquisite fossils in China now suggests pterosaurs were very much…

Winged Archaeopteryx Dino Could Fly, But Scientists Just Don’t Know How

Winged Archaeopteryx Dino Could Fly, But Scientists Just Don’t Know How

Owing to its distinctly bird-like features, Archaeopteryx is one of the most intriguing dinosaurs known to science. Since its discovery some 150 years ago, palaeontologists have wondered if the Late Jurassic dinosaur could actually fly. New research suggests the answer is yes – but its flying style was unlike anything…

X-Ray Images Of Bird Feathers Hold The Secret To Dinosaur Colours

X-Ray Images Of Bird Feathers Hold The Secret To Dinosaur Colours

Textbook illustrations and museum dioramas could soon be even more accurate in their depiction of the rich colours of long-extinct animals like dinosaurs. An international team of scientists used advanced X-ray imaging techniques to map out elements related to pigmentation in modern birds of prey, which they will use to…