Special from National Geographic by Paleontology Editor Chris Sloan
Pigments have been found in fossil dinosaurs for the first time, a new study says.
The discovery may prove once and for all that dinosaurs' hairlike filaments--sometimes called dino fuzz--are related to bird feathers, paleontologists announced today.
The finding may also open up a new world of prehistoric color, illuminating the role of color in dinosaur behavior and allowing the first accurately colored dinosaur re-creations, according to the study team.
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First True-Color Dinosaur
, a turkey-size carnivorous dinosaur
, is the first dinosaur—excluding birds, which many paleontologists consider to be dinosaurs—to have its color scientifically established. In a report released online today by the journal Nature
, an international team of paleontologists and experts in scanning electron micrography infer that this dinosaur had reddish orange feathers running along its back and a striped tail.