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albinism
2014-12-17 12:43:48

Affecting 1 in 40,000 individuals, type 2 oculocutaneous albinism is a pigmentation condition in which an individual has unusually light skin, eye color and hair – along with increased risk for UV-related skin and eye cancers. Now there may be an answer.

Researchers used brown and black chicken feathers for their study
2014-03-06 07:01:57

It has been proposed by paleontologists who study fossilized feathers that the shapes of certain microscopic structures found inside the feathers might tell us the color of the ancient birds. If these structures are melanosomes, that could be true.

Revision To Rules To Decipher Color In Dinosaurs Suggests Connection Between Color And Physiology
2014-02-13 12:36:46

New research that revises the rules allowing scientists to decipher color in dinosaurs may also provide a tool for understanding the evolutionary emergence of flight and changes in dinosaur physiology prior to its origin.

sea monster pigment
2014-01-09 04:50:18

Newly discovered fossilized skin pigments from a trio of multi-million-year-old marine reptiles reveal that these real-life sea monsters were at least partially dark colored when they were alive, according to research appearing in the latest edition of the journal Nature.

Fossil X-Rays Determine Archaeopteryx Had Bright Plumage
2013-06-12 12:51:11

The ‘dino-bird’ Archaeopteryx has long fascinated paleontologists and a new study in the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry suggests that the animal had bright plumage and wasn’t all-black as previously thought.

African Starlings Change Color 10 Times Faster Than Their Ancestors
2013-06-11 10:45:12

It's not going to happen while you're peering through your binoculars, but African glossy starlings change color more than 10 times faster than their ancestors and even their modern relatives

Jurassic Squid Ink Very Similar To Modern Squid Ink
2012-05-22 08:48:43

An international team of scientists have for the first time discovered two 160-million-year-old giant cephalopod fossils with intact ink sacs that contain dried pigment similar to that of modern cuttlefish.

Image 1 - Microraptor Had Black, Iridescent Feathers, Scientists Report
2012-03-09 04:58:52

A four-winged, feathered dinosaur that was the size of a pigeon and lived approximately 130 million years ago had black feathers with an iridescent sheen, a team of US and Chinese researchers has revealed.

New Research Shows Feathered Dinosaur Could Fly
2012-01-25 06:22:05

An international team of researchers led by Brown University has shed some new light on whether the winged dinosaur Archaeopteryx could fly.

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2010-10-01 06:05:00

Paleontologists have unearthed the fossilized remains of a giant penguin in Peru that lived 36 million years ago.


Word of the Day
immane
  • Monstrous in size or character; huge; prodigious; monstrously perverse, savage, cruel, etc.
The word 'immane' comes from the Latin word 'immanis', 'enormous'.
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