Image of the Day: Red-Feathered Finches
Image of the Day: Red-Feathered Finches
Scientists uncover a potential reason why redder house finches have better health.
Image of the Day: Red-Feathered Finches
Image of the Day: Red-Feathered Finches

Scientists uncover a potential reason why redder house finches have better health.

Scientists uncover a potential reason why redder house finches have better health.

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Pterosaurs Sported Feathers, Claim Scientists
Pterosaurs Sported Feathers, Claim Scientists
Anthony King | Dec 17, 2018
A controversy over pterosaurs’ plumage has taken off, with a new discovery pushing feather origins back 80 million years into the early Triassic.
Image of the Day: Shark Skin
Image of the Day: Shark Skin
Ashley Yeager | Nov 8, 2018
Fish scales follow a model famed computer scientist Alan Turing developed to describe patterns observed in other animals’ feathers, spines, and scales.
Image of the Day: Birds of a Lung
Image of the Day: Birds of a Lung
Shawna Williams | Oct 22, 2018
A fossil from the Cretaceous Period shows similarities to modern avian species.
Image of the Day: Birds of a Feather
Image of the Day: Birds of a Feather
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 10, 2018
Despite containing similar chemical pigments, red and yellow parrot feathers display distinct hues.
Image of the Day: 99-Million-Year-Old Blood Sucker
Image of the Day: 99-Million-Year-Old Blood Sucker
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 13, 2017
Scientists have found the oldest known specimen of a blood-sucking insect together with the remains of its host. 
Image of the Day: Stretchy Chicken Skin
Image of the Day: Stretchy Chicken Skin
The Scientist Staff | Aug 25, 2017
In a developing chicken embryo, skin cells pull on each other, forming multicellular mounds that eventually turn into properly-spaced feathers.
Dinosaur Feathers Found in Amber
Dinosaur Feathers Found in Amber
Joshua A. Krisch | Dec 11, 2016
The first-of-its-kind sample includes both vertebral segments and feathers.
Source of Scales, Feathers, Hair
Source of Scales, Feathers, Hair
Tanya Lewis | Jun 27, 2016
Reptiles, birds, and mammals all produce tiny, bump-like structures during development.   
Color Clues in Dino Fossils
Color Clues in Dino Fossils
Karen Zusi | Aug 31, 2015
Researchers confirm that some microscopic imprints in fossilized dinosaur feathers are pockets of melanin.