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What a Pretty Boy!

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This fossil comes from rocks in Northeastern China that are about 130 million years old.

 

Clothes maketh man?

The uniform that attracts the ladies?

 

Well the same applied to Microraptor – a pigeon-sized, four-winged dinosaur that lived about 130 million years ago. It was all just to attract the opposite sex.

The mystery of whether feathers evolved to aid flight or attract mates has been solved by researchers studying the flashy plumage of a meat-eating dino-bird.

Scientists from the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Paleontology revealed the colour and detailed feather pattern of Microraptor – a pigeon-sized, four-winged dinosaur that lived about 130 million years ago.

It’s the earliest record of iridescent feather colour and the researchers believe their finding shows that the Microraptor’s plumage was used as a way of demonstrating sexual prowess.

There’s been a lot of speculation about how the feathers of Microraptor were oriented and whether they formed airfoils for flight or whether they had to do with sexual display.

‘So while we’ve nailed down what colour this animal was, even more importantly, we’ve determined that Microraptor, like many modern birds, most likely used its ornate feathering to give visual social signals.’

 

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Photo Jason Broughan

 

Now go and check the birds in your garden! And imagine the colorful Cretaceous period. Or check parrot on the right side bar. It explains a lot.

 

Blog Award and Possibility of changing appearances?

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Blog Award and Possibility of changing appearances?

Blog Award – My First and Only! Thank You to Roly!

Listen to  the drums.

And I can only pass this on to All of those who comment on my blog because they make me feel so welcome here.
I could not possibly  give this award to only 6 or 7!
Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you
(And now Parrot on my sidebar will perform for you.)

I am still learning this WP blog thingie, but with the slow internet speed it took my about an hour and a half to put up a blog last night. (In the mean time I had a bath, a chat with a friend, read a chapter form my book, wnet outside to get the dogs quiet… etc.)

What I need to know is what happens if I change my appearance regularly, will my widgets and stuff still work? I love to change my environment, cannot change the furniture around (I get serious complaints here) so I can change the appearance of my blog? Or can I?

And how the heck did I end up liking my own post? *shaking my head, rolling my eyes*