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04/13/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Dinosaur Revealed In Full Color (PHOTOS): First Full-Body Rendering

Special from National Geographic by Paleontology Editor Chris Sloan

For the first time, scientists have decoded the full-body color patterns of a dinosaur--the 155-million-year-old Anchiornis huxleyi -- a new study in the journal Science says.

That may sound familiar, given last week's announcement of the first scientifically verified dinosaur color scheme.

But the previous research, published in Nature, had found pigments only on a few isolated parts of dinosaurs--and had used less rigorous methods for assigning colors to the fossilized, filament-like "protofeathers" found on some dinosaur specimens, say authors of the new report.

Read Sloan's full story here.

SEE photos and drawings of the researchers' findings:

Dinosaur, In Full Color