Thomas G. Kaye, Michael Pittman, JesÃs MarugÃn-LobÃn, Hugo MartÃn-Abad, JosÃ Luis Sanz & Angela D. Buscalioni (2019)
Fully fledged enantiornithine hatchling revealed by Laser-Stimulated Fluorescence supports precocial nesting behavior.
Scientific Reports 9, Article number: 5006Â
Laser-Stimulated Fluorescence (LSF) is used to identify fully fledged feathering in the hatchling enantiornithine bird specimen MPCM-LH-26189, supporting precocial nesting behavior in this extinct group. The LSF results include the detection of a long pennaceous wing feather as well as cover feathers around the body. The LSF technique showed improved detection limits over and above synchrotron and UV imaging which had both been performed on this specimen. The findings underscore the value of using a wide range of analytical techniques.