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Peerie Maa
10-26-2017, 01:33 PM
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A dinosaur from China sported a "bandit mask" pattern in the feathers on its face, scientists have said.
Researchers came to their conclusion after studying three well-preserved fossil specimens of the extinct creature, called Sinosauropteryx.
They were able to discern the dinosaur's colour patterns, showing that it had a banded tail and "counter-shading" - where animals are dark on top and lighter on their underside.
The study appears in Current Biology.
The bandit mask pattern is seen in numerous animals today, from mammals - such as raccoons and badgers - to birds, such as the nuthatch.
"This is the first time it's been seen in a dinosaur and, to my knowledge, any extinct animal that shows colour bands," co-author Fiann Smithwick, from Bristol University, told BBC News.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41763478

sharpiefan
10-26-2017, 01:54 PM
Nice. Thanks, P.M.

skuthorp
10-26-2017, 02:28 PM
The Phantom lived.