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How did feathers evolve? - Carl Zimmer

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To look at the evolution of modern bird feathers, we must start a long time ago, with the dinosaurs from whence they came. We see early incarnations of feathers on dinosaur fossils, and remnants of dinosaurs in a bird’s wish bone. Carl Zimmer explores the stages of evolution and how even the reasons for feathers have evolved over millions of years.

What's an anatomical detail that some dinosaurs share with birds (that no other animal does)?

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  • Artist Armella Leung
  • Educator Carl Zimmer
  • Sound Designer Olivier Oswald
  • Narrator Carl Zimmer

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