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Archaeopteryx wore black

Analysis compares microscopic structures with modern birds’

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5:10pm, January 24, 2012

It may be time to hatch a new crop of those colorful illustrations of early feathered creatures spreading their wings amid the branches of Late Jurassic trees. In life, a new study suggests, the fossil feather whose discovery gave rise to the name Archaeopteryx more than 150 years ago was actually black.

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