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.