A giant penguin plumed in earth tones

Fossil feathers of a 36-million-year-old diving bird give clues to color, evolution

By Susan Milius, 17:51 PM September 30, 2010

A fossil giant penguin with feathers reveals the first glimpse of what the well-dressed diving bird was wearing before tuxedos.

The 36-million-year-old fossils of the new species include a good portion of a skeleton with a skull and flipper, researchers report online September 30 in Science. Perhaps most exciting, though, are the fossilized feathers. They are so well preserved that scientists have been able to study the microscopic pigment-bearing nubbins called melanosomes that give the pl...

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