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The Arthur Ross Terrace will be closed this morning, Tuesday, October 21, for a private cultural observance. You many observe smoke and/or fire coming from the Terrace at that time. The FDNY has been notified in advance, and all safety precautions are in place. The Terrace will reopen at 1 pm.

Ask a Paleontologist: What Color Were Extinct Dinosaurs?

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video series on amnh.tv delves into the topic of dinosaurs, which arose some 230 million years ago and thrived until large dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago. 

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This pair of European Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) was photographed in Ariège, France. 

Pierre Dalous/Wikimedia


Birds living today are dinosaurs and often have brilliantly colored plumage.

Did extinct dinosaurs also sport vibrant hues? Learn more from Mark A. Norell, chair of the Division of Paleontology, in this video.


For more about the link between birds and dinosaurs, explore this Science Topic.

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