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Research Article

Morphological and Geochemical Evidence of Eumelanin Preservation in the Feathers of the Early Cretaceous Bird, Gansus yumenensis

  • Holly E. Barden mail,

    holly.barden@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

    Affiliation: School of Earth Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences and Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

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  • Roy A. Wogelius,

    Affiliation: School of Earth Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences and Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

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  • Daqing Li,

    Affiliation: Gansu Geological Museum, Lanzhou, People's Republic of China

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  • Phillip L. Manning,

    Affiliations: School of Earth Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences and Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Nicholas P. Edwards,

    Affiliation: School of Earth Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences and Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

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  • Bart E. van Dongen

    Affiliation: School of Earth Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences and Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

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  • Published: October 13, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0025494
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Holly E. Barden, Roy A. Wogelius, Phillip L. Manning, Nicholas P. Edwards, Bart E. van Dongen
School of Earth Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences and Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
Daqing Li
Gansu Geological Museum, Lanzhou, People's Republic of China
Phillip L. Manning
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: holly.barden@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RAW HEB BEvD. Performed the experiments: HEB NPE. Analyzed the data: HEB RAW BEvD. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: DL PLM. Wrote the paper: HEB RAW BEvD PLM.