Scientists reconstruct prehistoric bird colors

August 12, 2008 8:47:24 PM PDT
Scientists are getting a better picture of the color of prehistoric animals.

Yale university researchers say they've discovered pigment molecules-- called melanin-- in 150-million- year-old squid and bird fossils.

They say it allows them for the first time to reconstruct some aspects of the color of pre-historic birds. They are now searching for fossil pigments that might reveal the true color of the many dinosaurs that were feathered.

The research is in the journal "Biology Letters."


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