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Painting a Picture of a Prehistoric Penguin Via Fossilized Feathers

September 30th, 2010 09:13 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

penguin-feathersFrom Ed Yong:

All modern penguins wear a suit of black feathers, but prehistoric members of the group didn’t go for the dinner jacket look. A newly discovered penguin, known as Inkayacu, was dressed in grey and reddish-brown hues.

It is neither the oldest nor the largest penguin fossil, it doesn’t hail from a new part of the world, and it provides few clues about the group’s evolution. However, it does have one stand-out feature that probably secured its unveiling in the pages of Science – its feathers.

Read about Inkayacu’s magnificently preserved fossil feathers and what they tell us about this prehistoric bird at Not Exactly Rocket Science. Ed also has the artists’ renderings of what this powerful penguin may have looked like.

Image: Science / AAAS

Source: Painting a Picture of a Prehistoric Penguin Via Fossilized Feathers

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