Birds Use Feathers 'to Touch'

Birds may use their feathers for touch - to feel their surroundings just as cats use their whiskers, scientists find.

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    ... on a remarkable conclusion: the feather evolved in dinosaurs before the appearance of birds. The origin of feathers is a specific instance of...
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  • Beautiful birds of paradise at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (VIDEO)
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  • Primary Flight Feathers -- Bird Flight Feathers
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