The four-winged dinosaur Microraptor had a rare taste for fish

Four-winged and clad in iridescent black plumage, the dinosaur known as Microraptor is among the most intriguing subjects of paleontological inquiry in recent memory. Now, fossilized guts reveal the crow-sized creature is also one of the few dinosaurs known to have dined on fish. This strange, shiny-feathered reptile … » 4/23/13 1:37pm 4/23/13 1:37pm

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

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This four-winged dinosaur is helping rewrite the book on prehistoric…

What color were the dinosaurs? It's a question that people have puzzled over for close to 200 years, and one that many long believed to be unanswerable. But a few years ago, scientists discovered that microscopic structures called melanosomes could be used to reveal prehistoric creatures' true hues. » 3/08/12 3:56pm 3/08/12 3:56pm


Velociraptor's Cousin Had a Venomous Bite

Raptors get more fearsome all the time. Jurassic Park painted velociraptors as clever, fleet-footed predators, and they may have hunted from trees. Now researchers suspect their turkey-sized relative had a venomous bite — and other raptors might have it, too. » 12/21/09 1:56pm 12/21/09 1:56pm