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Microraptor’s true blue colors

Dinosaur had black iridescent feathers

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5:06pm, March 9, 2012

The birdlike dinosaur Microraptor wore black — with a hint of blue. That means the dinosaur, which spread its four wings more than 120 million years ago, sported the oldest iridescent feathers discovered to date, an international team of researchers reports in the March 9 Science.

“We can’t say exactly what color it was, but it was close to a raven or a crow,” says evolutionary biologist Matthew Shawkey of the University of Akron in Ohio.

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