Color Explosion Led to Fabulous Dinos 150 M Years Ago

A color explosion happened around 150 million years ago, resulting in dinosaurs sporting a multitude of hues.

February 12, 2014
1:00 PM EST
In these living specimens, color and the shape of the melanosomes are not linked in such a way that color can be reconstructed from melanosome shape alone. Melanosomes in Sinosauropteryx don't presently tell us if this animal was brown, blackish or grey. However, feathered dinosaurs are similar to birds, and scientists can estimate their color. | Clarke et al.