March of the Fossil Penguins

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Painting Fossil Penguins

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Last post, we discussed a new type of pigment discovered in the feathers of living penguins.  With a little bit of evolutionary tree-based reasoning, it is possible to project the distribution of this color back into the fossil record as well. In his blog Illuminating Fossils, Dr. Daniel Thomas does just that.  Check out the post to see how we can reconstruct the color of the fossil penguin Madrynornis.  You can also learn more about Madrynornis in this past post.

Image by Dr. Daniel Thomas, with Yellow-eyed penguin photo from Christian Mehlfuhrer, Macaroni penguin photo from Liam Quinn, Madrynornis images from Acosta Hospitaleche et al. 2007. Click to read the article at Illuminating Fossils.

Image by Dr. Daniel Thomas, with Yellow-eyed penguin photo from Christian Mehlfuhrer, Macaroni penguin photo from Liam Quinn, Madrynornis images from Acosta Hospitaleche et al. 2007. Click to read the article at Illuminating Fossils.

Written by Dan Ksepka

June 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm

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