Ancient Sea Monsters Were Black

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

January 8, 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