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Camargue horses running through water France (© Steve Bloom Images / Alamy)

Living Color

Anchiornis huxleyi
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Paleontologists have speculated that dinosaurs weren't drab, but how were they actually colored? A 156-million-year-old feathered theropod, Anchiornis huxleyi, is the subject of the first scientific reconstruction of a dinosaur’s color pattern. Researchers analyzed cellular structures called melanosomes in an exquisitely preserved fossil from China and compared them with similar structures in modern birds. The four-winged dinosaur had a coppery crest, a speckled face and white-striped wings.

Learn more about Anchiornis huxleyi at our Dinosaur Tracking blog.


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