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Yale University

Striped Fossil Feather and Recent Woodpecker Feather

Caption: Striped fossil feather and recent woodpecker feather. Under the scanning electron microscope there are melanosomes in the dark but not the light areas (left arrows) of the fossil. For comparison, melanosomes from a broken black feather and a white feather are shown (right arrows).

Credit: J.Vinther/Yale

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