How did feathers evolve? A TED-Ed animation explores.
When you think about it, feathers are pretty amazing. The most complex integumentary structures (y’know — integumentary — stuff like skin, hair, scales, hooves) found in vertebrates, feathers have graced the bodies of animals since the age of dinosaurs, evolving to assist in taking flight, wicking off water, and looking fly for the ladies.
In an animated lesson crafted by TEDxDeExtinction host and National Geographic writer Carl Zimmer, TED-Ed sheds some light on feather evolution — from dinos to ducks. Check it out below:
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