Thursday, March 16, 2006


Colouring in the fossil past

London Natural History Museum: "Scientists have shown it is possible to predict the colour of animals that are extinct.

Prof. Andrew Parker, scientist at the Natural History Museum, discovered that iridescent colours in animals result from tiny structures that show up under the microscope and these can be seen even in fossils of extinct animals.

...'I was looking at a scene of life, 515 million years old, depicted accurately in colour,' said Prof. Parker."

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