The Hillwood Herald is the news blog of Hillwood Academic Day School. Written and published by the school’s upper grades (fifth through eighth), this blog tracks student, staff, and family happenings at the school.
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Friday, February 5, 2010
The Ginger-Haired Dinosaur
Scientists from China and the UK have discovered that a dinosaur from 125 million years ago actually had ginger colored feathers.
The name of this dinosaur is the Sinosauropteryx. They used a technique to find out what the colors were like. This showed the presence of microscopic colour-bearing cell structures known as melanosomes in the 125-million-year-old fossil's feathers. Professor Mike Benton explains how he did it and you can listen to that if you click here.