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Paleontologists have unearthed the fossilized remains of a giant penguin in Peru that lived 36 million years ago.
Deciphering microscopic clues hidden within fossils, scientists have uncovered the vibrant colors that adorned a feathered dinosaur extinct for 150 million years.
The color of some feathers on dinosaurs and early birds has been identified for the first time.
Known for their wide variety of vibrant plumage, birds have evolved various chemical and physical mechanisms to produce these beautiful colors over millions of years.
Manipulating the functions of melanosomes--the organelles in pigment-producing cells--may enhance the activity of anticancer drugs used against melanoma, according to a new study published online August 24 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Scientists believe they have gained new insights into determining the colors of 100 million-year-old fossilized plumage from dinosaurs.
By Ward, Weslyn C Lamb, Erin C; Gooden, David; Chen, Xin; Burinsky, David J; Simon, John D ABSTRACT Three naturally occurring pyrrole acids were found in Sepia, human black hair, and bovine choroid and iris melanosomes using high-performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry- pyrrole-2,3-dicarboxylic acid (PDCA), pyrrole-2,3,5-tricarboxylic acid (PTCA) and pyrrole-2,3,4,5-tetracarboxylic acid (PTeCA).
By Hu, Dan-Ning Simon, John D; Sarna, Tadeusz ABSTRACT The mammalian eye consists of several layers of pigmented tissues that contain melanin. The eye is a unique organ for pigment cell research because one can isolate and compare melanosomes from different tissues and embryonic origins.
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A little striped fish has helped scientists begin to solve one of the biggest mysteries in biology -- which genes are responsible for differences in human skin, eye and hair color.
A little striped fish has helped scientists begin to solve one of the biggest mysteries in biology -- which genes are responsible for differences in human skin, eye and hair color.
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