Friday, February 5, 2010

The First Pileated Woodpecker ever

Scientists have used some sort of pigment analysis to determine the actual coloring of dinosaurs. They studied a feather species called Anchiornis huxleyi, and came up with a black-and-white dinosaur with a feathered red crest. It looks exactly like a prehistory Pileated (or Ivory-billed) Woodpecker. 
The story, along with a rotating graphic showing it from every angle, is here and here.

Just shows how much like dinosaurs modern birds are. 

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