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Re: black and white Archaeopteryx

On Tue, 11 Jun 2013, Ben Creisler wrote:
Here's the citation for the paper:

Phillip. L. Manning,   Nicholas P. Edwards, Roy A. Wogelius,  Uwe
Bergmann,  Holly E. Barden,  Peter L. Larson,  Daniela Schwarz-Wings,
Victoria M. Egerton, Dimosthenis Sokaras,  Roberto A. Mori and
William I. Sellers (2013)
Synchrotron-based chemical imaging reveals plumage patterns in a 150
million year old early bird.
Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry (advance online article)
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA50077B

Darn, paywall.

But the artist's illustration raises a question, what sort of
environment would this patterning be best suited for, assuming
it wasn't for display purposes? I'm thinking, lots of shifting
patterns as leafy branches sway in winds...