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First discovered fossil feather did not belong to iconic bird Archaeopteryx


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A 150-year-old fossil feather mystery has been solved by an international research team including Dr. Michael Pittman from the Department of Earth Sciences, the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Pittman and his colleagues applied a novel imaging technique, laser-stimulated fluorescence (LSF), revealing the missing quill of the first fossil feather ever discovered, dethroning an icon in the process.

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