New exciting research by Ryan M. Carney and Jakob Vinther et al. has just been published in Nature Communications: “New evidence on the colour and nature of the isolated Archaeopteryx feather”. Their studies show that the colour of the 150 million year old fossil feather from an Archaeopteryx was with 95% probability black and also that this particular feather was one of the wing pens.
Hence, the traditional reconstructions of Archaeopteryx with green and blue feathers will now have to be updated. Perhaps it looked more like a blackbird than a turkey? 🙂
An interview in Danish with Jakob Vinther and some images can be found here!