A Comprehensive Guide to Dinosaur Feathers and Scales

When I was a child, no dinosaur had feathers. Nowadays it seems like they're putting feathers on everything. And while feathered dinosaurs can certainly be cool . . . where did this all come from? Which dinosaurs had feathers, and which ones can I still imagine as scaly reptilian monsters? » 7/11/14 2:44pm 7/11/14 2:44pm

Dinosaurs used feathers for sex, not flying

A set of 75 million year-old fossils found in the badlands of southern Alberta is adding credence to the suggestion that dinosaurs used feathers to attract a mate, and not to take flight. The fossils, which are from the oldest feathered dinosaurs ever found, are also offering further proof that all ornithomimids — an… » 10/26/12 9:25am 10/26/12 9:25am

How do paleontologists determine what color a dinosaur's feathers were?

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. » 3/14/12 11:10am 3/14/12 11:10am

Join io9 in a live webcast today at the American Museum of Natural…

Don't miss your chance to participate in a live talk about dinosaurs with members of the American Museum of Natural History's Paleontology Division, today at 12:30 ET! » 3/09/12 6:35am 3/09/12 6:35am

Dinosaur Feathers Discovered in Canadian Amber

Today a group of paleontologists announced the results of an extensive study of several well-preserved dinosaur feathers encased in amber. Their work, which included samples from many stages in the evolution of feathers, bolstered the findings of other scientists who've suggested that dinosaurs (winged and otherwise)… » 9/15/11 5:06pm 9/15/11 5:06pm

Paleontologists discover what Neanderthal fashion looked like 44…

A Neanderthal burial site in Italy reveals hundreds of bird bones mixed in with those of our hominid cousins. The bones had the feathers scraped off, as though the Neanderthals had removed them on purpose - and the only plausible reason they would do that is to wear the feathers. It's more evidence that Neanderthals… » 2/21/11 3:30pm 2/21/11 3:30pm

36 million-year-old penguin was five feet tall and had reddish-brown…

A newly discovered penguin fossil reveals a bird twice as big as an Emperor penguin and with colors radically different from the familiar black and white features all modern penguins share...but this Water King was already the perfect swimming bird. » 9/30/10 11:21am 9/30/10 11:21am