Colors of the Dinosaurs

So how do we know what colors the dinosaurs were? That’s the beauty of fossils and paleontology; fossils provide you a glimpse into the past, giving you information like the colors of dinosaurs. Check out this cool animated video from TED Ed that explores the physics behind determining the colors of dinosaurs.

Here is a picture of the microraptor which is referred to in the video.

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Hone DWE, Tischlinger H, Xu X, Zhang F (2010) The Extent of the Preserved Feathers on the Four-Winged Dinosaur Microraptor gui under Ultraviolet Light. PLoS ONE 5(2): e9223. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009223

 

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