Color of Some Dinosaur Feathers May Be Revealed

Sinosauropteryx fossil. Image credit: Sam Ose/Olai Skjaervoy/Wikipedia

A team of scientists from Great Britain and China have proposed that the color of some dinosaurs may be be revealed through the analysis of fossilized melanosomes.  The primitive melanosomes, found in fossilized dinosaur feathers, contain melanin which provide pigmentation for modern animals.  The scientists used high-powered scanning electron microscopy to examine the fossils.  One dinosaur in the study, Sinosauropteryx, is believed to have had reddish-orange feathers running along its back and a striped tail.

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