January 27, 2013
Microraptor by Sergio Pérez | Tumblr
Adding archosaurlove's comment:
"one of my favorite things about microraptor (how do i love thee, let me count the ways) is that this color isn’t speculative. a close look at an extremely well-preserved microraptor fossil in Beijing revealed that traces of pigment-containing cells had been preserved in the feathers, by examining the shape and orientation of them and comparing them with pigment cells in modern bird feathers, researchers could objectively conclude that microraptor’s feathers were a glossy blue-black, like a crow’s.
consequently, illustrators who know this have the opportunity to depict microraptors looking exactly how they really, actually would’ve looked. this is what this animal looked like, at least the one represented by the fossil in Beijing. and that’s incredible to me.”

Microraptor by Sergio Pérez | Tumblr

Adding archosaurlove's comment:

"one of my favorite things about microraptor (how do i love thee, let me count the ways) is that this color isn’t speculative. a close look at an extremely well-preserved microraptor fossil in Beijing revealed that traces of pigment-containing cells had been preserved in the feathers, by examining the shape and orientation of them and comparing them with pigment cells in modern bird feathers, researchers could objectively conclude that microraptor’s feathers were a glossy blue-black, like a crow’s.

consequently, illustrators who know this have the opportunity to depict microraptors looking exactly how they really, actually would’ve looked. this is what this animal looked like, at least the one represented by the fossil in Beijing. and that’s incredible to me.”

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