Amazing peacock in new National Geographic Magazine

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  1. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    Today I got the National Geographic magazine titled Under Paris, and found a huge article titled The Curious History of Feathers. On pg. 36 & 37 they have a picture of an old green peacock specimen from the Peabody Museum of Natural History. I have seen pictures of other green specimens and just like the others the color on this one is very brilliant, especially on the wings but something caught my eye about it...The face. On it's face the loral patch is way different looking. The blue is a bright blue and is covering most of the face wheras the yellow is just a thin cresent around the bottom edge of the blue. It just looks really different. Anyways the picture is of the full bird and it is really pretty...To bad it's dead.

    Anyways the whole article is mainly about dinosaurs and how some actually did have feathers and theories on the evolution of flight and things about feather structure and feather use. My favorite part about it was how they said they found melanosomes that are associated with color in bird feathers in dinosaur feathers and that they were so well preserved that they could determine the color of the dinosaur's feathers for example they said Sinosauropteryx's tail appears to have had a reddish and white stripe patern...

    Anyways it is kinda interesting if you are into that stuff and I thought the peacock was really beautiful in there.[​IMG]
     
  2. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    haha i saw that 2... they look way diff. ( i kinda want 1 like that)
     
  3. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    It is a good article. I have to admit that I am not into the evolution theory as the only explanation, nor can I believe in a seven day creationism explanation. So I guess that with intelligent design and a lot of time that there are truly amazing designs in feathers, and the colors that we see within them.
     
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    texascowboy1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    I was wondering if the face color is real, I think it might have been getting old so they probably painted on the color cause the face looks painted, but it is still pretty.[​IMG] Thanks for posting the website link to the photo.
     
  6. ranit

    ranit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering if the face color is real, I think it might have been getting old so they probably painted on the color cause the face looks painted, but it is still pretty.

    Very likely as colors don't hold and taxidermists use paint to keep them. Also with printed material photos are sometimes enhanced.​
     

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