Image of the Day: Birds of a Feather
Image of the Day: Birds of a Feather
Despite containing similar chemical pigments, red and yellow parrot feathers display distinct hues.
Image of the Day: Birds of a Feather
Image of the Day: Birds of a Feather

Despite containing similar chemical pigments, red and yellow parrot feathers display distinct hues.

Despite containing similar chemical pigments, red and yellow parrot feathers display distinct hues.

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Image of the Day: 99-Million-Year-Old Blood Sucker
Image of the Day: 99-Million-Year-Old Blood Sucker
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.
“Feathered Poodle From Hell” Dino Found
“Feathered Poodle From Hell” Dino Found
Kerry Grens | Jul 20, 2015
A newly discovered relative of Velociraptor had abundant plumage and birdlike wings.  
Scales Over Feathers
Scales Over Feathers
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 3, 2015
A comprehensive analysis of fossilized dinosaur skin samples suggests feathers were not the norm.
Avian-Inspired Color
Avian-Inspired Color
Amanda B. Keener | May 26, 2015
By taking cues from bird feathers, scientists engineer nanoparticle structures that produce striking colors.
Fossil Freshens Views on Dinosaur Feathers
Fossil Freshens Views on Dinosaur Feathers
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 28, 2014
A feather-covered herbivorous dinosaur offers a surprising perspective on plumage.