Paleontologist Aude Cincotta and her colleagues at University College Cork in Ireland analyzed the partial skull of a 113-million-year-old pterosaur fossil revealing that the flying reptile had two types of feathers.
Pterosaurs not only had feathers, but also were flamboyantly colorful, scientists say.
That could mean that feathers — and vibrant displays of mate-seeking plumage — may have originated as far back as the common ancestor of dinosaurs and pterosaurs, during the early Triassic Period around 250 million years ago.
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