The iconic, winged dinosaur Archaeopteryx was outfitted for flight, an international team of researchers led by Brown University has concluded. The group made the first identification of the color of the raven-sized creature's wing feather and determined it was black. The color, and the pigmentation supplying it, connotes that Archaeopteryx's feathers were rigid and durable, which would have helped it to fly. Results appear in Nature Communications. More info: news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2012/01/archaeopteryx

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