Do we really know what dinosaurs looked like? Better yet, can we tell what color dinosaur feathers were?
By looking at well-preserved fossils of dinosaur feathers, we might be even closer to knowing what these ancient creatures looked like. It turns out that a feather’s coloration leaves distinct markings once it has fossilized. This means that it is possible to tell what color these long extinct creatures may have been.
To explain the process of decoding dinosaur feather coloration and some of the science behind it, here’s TED-ed:
Why It Matters
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