Ancient fossils suggest new color scheme for feathered dinosaur

Ancient fossils suggest new color scheme for feathered dinosaur

Researchers have taken cues from tiny, 150-million-year-old fossilized organelles to figure out the color of a feathered dinosaur from the Jurassic period, R&D Magazine reports. The study, published in Scientific Reports, looks at fossilized organelles (called melanosomes) that contain melanin, a type of pigment that suggests a color scheme for the birdlike dinosaur: gray feathers on its body, a reddish mohawk down the center of its head, and white feathers with black tips that line the creature’s wings and legs.

Story and photo source:http://news.sciencemag.org/sifter/2015/09/ancient-fossils-suggest-new-color-scheme-for-feathered-dinosaur

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