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Dinosaur Feather Color Discovered 219

anzha writes "Do you remember being a kid and told we'd never know what colors the dinosaurs were? For at least some, that's no longer true. Scientists working in the UK and China have closely examined the fossils of multiple theropods and actually found the colors and patterns that were present in the fossilized proto-feathers. So far, the answer is orange, black and white in banded and other patterns. The work also thoroughly thrashes the idea that fossils might not be feathers, but collagen fibers instead. If this holds up, Birds Are Dinosaurs. Period. And colorful!"
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Dinosaur Feather Color Discovered

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  • Earl Sinclair (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mcgrew ( 92797 ) * on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @05:42PM (#30925296) Homepage Journal

    Do you remember being a kid and told we'd never know what colors the dinosaurs were?

    I remember being a kid and told a lot of things would never come to pass that did in fact come to pass.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @05:43PM (#30925316)

    tastes like dinosaurs?

  • Re:Yea right (Score:2, Insightful)

    by kingjoebob ( 1011701 ) on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @06:04PM (#30925768)
    Come to Tennessee, I have neighbors who think the world is 6000 years old and made in 6, 24 hour days. Concepts like science are too complicated for people that closed minded. kjb
  • Re:Yea right (Score:3, Insightful)

    by gyrogeerloose ( 849181 ) on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @06:45PM (#30926556) Journal

    'Yea' is a word.

    Yea, verily.

  • Re:Yea right (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Monkeedude1212 ( 1560403 ) on Wednesday January 27, 2010 @07:22PM (#30927170) Journal

    I got a little riled up, I'll admit, issues with the room mate lately.

    I have nothing against those who hold religious views, as I sort of fall into that category, but it upsets me when they discredit science in the name of religion.

    What I mean is, there are some very factual principles upon which our technology is derived. These same principles are fundamental throughout the observed universe, and we have used those principles to determine a fossil was created 65 million years ago. If you choose not to believe those fossils were created by a dead animal, than you should not be part of the club that firmly believes so. Everyone on Slashdot (Being News for Nerds) is of a scientific or technical inclination. To claim to be scientific and then refute reproducable scientific evidence is ridiculous, and should be treated as such.

  • by Chris Burke ( 6130 ) on Thursday January 28, 2010 @12:10PM (#30934510) Homepage

    If you want to discuss evolution with me, you must accept that I understand it just as well as you do.

    Every thing you say demonstrates that this is simply not true. Every misconception, every "simply because this doesn't mean that" strawman, every misstatement of what has and has not actually been observed, belies what you actually understand about evolution.

    Yet by declaring it to be the case that you know everything about evolution already, you indicate that you do not wish to actually learn about the reality of evolutionary science.

    But that's okay. Science presses on without need of your impossible-to-earn approval. Just do us all a favor and don't run for office.

I owe the public nothing. -- J.P. Morgan