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

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