Do we really know what dinosaurs looked like?
How do we know what color dinosaur feathers were?

Feathered Dinosaur and Ancient Bird: Dinosaur Feather Coloration

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If you haven’t heard the latest dinosaur news, it is now believed that many dinos species were covered with some type of feathering. Now, by looking at well-preserved fossils of those feathers, we might be even closer to knowing what these ancient creatures looked like.

It turns out that a feather’s coloration leaves distinct markings once it has fossilized. This means that it is possible to tell what color these long extinct creatures may have been. To explain the process of decoding dinosaur feather coloration and some of the science behind it, here’s TED-ed:

Via: TED-Ed 1
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  1. Bloch, Len. “How Do We Know What Color Dinosaurs Were?” YouTube. TED-Ed, 4 Jan. 2016. Web. 11 Jan. 2016. <>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV