03/31/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Dinosaur Feathers: Dinosaurs' True Colors Revealed For First Time (PHOTOS)

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.

Read the full story at National Geographic News.