How Did Feathers Evolve?

How did feathers evolve?  Not something I’ve ever really considered, but now that you mention it, I don’t know of one of those ape-to-human evolution images for feathers.  So, how did they?

Feathers are wonderfully intricate and versatile features.  Often considered delicate, they offer a robust ability to camouflage, impress potential mates, waterproof, insulate, and assist in flight.

Quite a marvel of attributes they can bring to a species and, as Carl Zimmer explains in this animation, it all started with seemingly “accidental physics” that took place 50 million years ago.

The animation was created by the talented Armella Leung and you can see some more TED-Ed lessons from Carl Zimmer here.

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3 Responses to “How Did Feathers Evolve?”


  1. 2 budgiesntiels October 13, 2014 at 3:12 am

    I love this video. I have ten parrots and have always been amazed at their feathers. I have never really thought about feathers in this way before though. Thanks for posting. Julie


  1. 1 Isn’t It Ironic? | Inspirational Geek Trackback on October 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm

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