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Image 1 - Ancient Moths Reveal Wing Colors
2011-11-16 07:58:25

New research is allowing scientists to learn what the colors of fossilized moths would have been. Maria McNamara, a paleobiologist and postdoctoral researcher at Yale University was examining fossils from oil shale in Germany when she came across the remains of several moth species, all belonging to a group called lepidopterans, which also includes butterflies. “Until now, we had no idea what colors ancient moths and butterflies had,” McNamara relates to Stephanie Pappas of...

Leaf Chafer Beetle
2011-09-29 05:35:56

Dr. Maria McNamara of Yale University has done microscopic research that shows how the colors of fossilized beetles have shifted. This new research, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, gives paleontologists greater confidence in knowing what these ancient insects actually looked like. The color information revealed by the beetles further unveils the way a particular beetle lived its life. Dr. McNamara told BBC News, “These kinds of colors have lots of visual...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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