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Ancient Sea Monsters Were Black

Some of the largest beasts in the ancient seas had black skin or scales, new research finds.

Published On 01/08/2014
3:09 PM EST
Fossil pigments reveal dark coloration of extinct marine reptiles. The mosasaur (bottom) have a dark back and light belly, a camouflage pattern, and the ichthyosaur (center) is uniformly dark. | Stefan Sølberg