Uploaded 9 years ago 2010-02-10
Professors Richard Prum, the William Robertson Coe Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Derek Briggs, the Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Geology and Geophysics and director of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and graduate student Jakob Vinther discuss how they discovered the plumage colors of an extinct feathered dinosaur for the first time.
Whilst the traditional view on the evolution of feathers was in relation to flight, new discoveries of feathered dinosaurs in China have changed this to focus on thermoregulation and display.
Certain organisations continue to parrot the phrase "no transitional fossils have ever been found". However, the list of species which possess transitional features continues to grow.
Anchiornis huxleyi, Epidexipteryx hui, Protoavis, Protarchaeopteryx, Archeopteryx, Avimimus, Sinosauropteryx, Caudipteryx, Rahonavis, Shuvuuia, Sinornithosaurus, Beipiasaurus, Microraptor, Nomingia, Epidendrosaurus, Cryptovolans, Scansoriopteryx, Yixianosaurus, Dilong, Pedopenna, Jinfengopteryx, Sinocalliopteryx, Sinornis, Ambiortus, Hesperornis, Ichthyornis
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