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Fur, feathers scatter light to keep animals warm

Last Updated: Friday, January 24, 2014, 12:20

When it comes to protection from extreme temperatures, the polar bear fur is much more efficient than what we can develop for insulating our buildings.

It`s official! Sex appeal lies in peacocks` tail feathers

Last Updated: Friday, August 16, 2013, 22:32

Until recently no one could say whether the stunning tail feathers of peacocks actually drew the eyes of peahens.

Dinosaurs used feathers for courtship: Study

Last Updated: Friday, January 04, 2013, 20:14

Some feathered dinosaurs used tail plumage to attract mates, much like modern-day peacocks and turkeys, according to a new study.

Neanderthals used bird feathers as `personal ornaments`

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 19:23

Neanderthals harvested feathers from birds in order to use them as personal ornaments, a new study has suggested.

Animal hair, feathers may offer clues to restore human fingers and toes

Last Updated: Friday, May 11, 2012, 14:07

While the concept of regenerative medicine is comparatively new, animals are well known to remake their hair and feathers regularly by normal regenerative physiological processes.

Earliest record of feathers found in tiny dinosaur

Last Updated: Friday, March 09, 2012, 18:33

The colour and detailed feather pattern of Microraptor, a pigeon-sized, four-winged dinosaur that lived about 130 million years ago, has been revealed by a team of American and Chinese researchers.

`Flying dinosaurs wore plumage of black feathers`

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 16:35

A winged dinosaur long thought to be a "missing link" in the evolution of birds may have been adorned with black feathers just like modern birds, scientists have found.

Feathers in amber reveal dinosaur diversity

Last Updated: Thursday, September 15, 2011, 21:46

In science fiction, amber preserved the DNA that allowed rebirth of dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. In real life, amber preserved feathers that provide a new image of what dinosaurs looked like.

Bird feathers show pollution rise over 120 years

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 13:38

Feathers from rare Pacific seabirds over the past 120 years have shown an increase in a type of toxic mercury.

Waste chicken feathers could be used to produce biodegradable plastic

Last Updated: Sunday, April 03, 2011, 11:23

New research suggests that chicken feathers could be used to produce eco-friendly, biodegradable plastics.

Flamingos apply natural make-up to attract mates

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 18:49

A new study has revealed that flamingos apply natural make-up to attract mates.

Birds may have evolved head feathers as sensory device

Last Updated: Thursday, March 18, 2010, 20:42

In a new research, scientists have suggested that birds may have evolved elaborate feathers first for touch sensing, with sexual selection coming later.