New insights into prehistoric fossils, published on Wednesday, may one day help determine what the great dinosaurs looked like in real life.
Scientists said they had uncovered the first-ever traces of pigment in reptile fossils—a dark hue found in three extinct deep-sea beasts distantly related to today’s leatherback turtle.
“This is the first time that… remains of original pigments have been detected in any (extinct) reptile, including dinosaurs,” Johan Lindgren of Sweden’s Lund University told AFP.
The next challenge will be to identify more pigments, helping palaeontologists to reconstruct the colouring of extinct animals.
“This finding potentially allows us to reconstruct the colours of T.rex in future,” said Lindgren, though for now experts are limited to distinguishing dark areas from light ones.
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