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A Small Guide to Bird Colours



I recently wrote a blog post (in Finnish:…) about the science of fossil dinosaur colours.  As a spinoff, I started reading about pigments in living birds and made this.

As many of you probably know, melanosomes are sometimes preserved in dinosaur fossils and can be used to deduct their original colours: Microraptor was iridescent, Sinosauropteryx had a rufous-and-white tail, etc. The method currently can only detect black, brown, and some structural hues. So how much are we missing? With this infographic, I tried to show how the rainbow of feather colours in living birds is formed.
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One of my professors used this image in class two or three months ago! Awesome!