Four-winged and clad in iridescent black plumage, the dinosaur known as Microraptor is among the most intriguing subjects of paleontological inquiry in recent memory. Now, fossilized guts reveal the crow-sized creature is also one of the few dinosaurs known to have dined on fish. This strange, shiny-feathered reptile …
Last week, researchers studying a dinosaur named Microraptor published the results of a remarkable discovery: this small, four-winged dinosaur was covered from head-to-toe in black feathers, but shone with a glossy hint of blue. In other words, its plumage was iridescent.
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What color were the dinosaurs? It's a question that people have puzzled over for close to 200 years, and one that many long believed to be unanswerable. But a few years ago, scientists discovered that microscopic structures called melanosomes could be used to reveal prehistoric creatures' true hues.
Raptors get more fearsome all the time. Jurassic Park painted velociraptors as clever, fleet-footed predators, and they may have hunted from trees. Now researchers suspect their turkey-sized relative had a venomous bite — and other raptors might have it, too.