Since it's getting so ugly over at TechCrunch, I thought I should provide an antidote of real beauty. Every now and then a scientific paper is published that hits it out of the park with imagery. Yesterday, McKellar el. al did just that in Science, publishing a smorgasbord of photographs of dinosaur and early bird feathers trapped in amber in addition to a truly stellar reconstruction of Sinosauropteryx by Chuang Zhao and Lida Xing. Without further ado:


McKellar, R., Chatterton, B., Wolfe, A., & Currie, P. (2011). A Diverse Assemblage of Late Cretaceous Dinosaur and Bird Feathers from Canadian Amber Science, 333 (6049), 1619-1622 DOI: 10.1126/science.1203344