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Color Clues in Dino Fossils
Color Clues in Dino Fossils
Karen Zusi | Aug 31, 2015
Researchers confirm that some microscopic imprints in fossilized dinosaur feathers are pockets of melanin.
Avian-Inspired Color
Avian-Inspired Color
Amanda B. Keener | May 26, 2015
By taking cues from bird feathers, scientists engineer nanoparticle structures that produce striking colors.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Catherine Offord | Jan 8, 2016
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Ancient Pigments Unearthed
Ancient Pigments Unearthed
Ed Yong | Jan 8, 2014
Fossilized skin reveals the colors of three extinct marine reptiles
The Rise of Color
The Rise of Color
Jef Akst | Jul 1, 2014
An analysis of modern birds reveals that carotenoid-based plumage coloring arose several times throughout their evolutionary history, dating as far back as 66 million years ago.
Week in Review: January 6–10
Week in Review: January 6–10
Tracy Vence | Jan 10, 2014
Bacterial genes aid tubeworm settling; pigmentation of ancient reptiles; nascent neurons and vertebrate development; exploring simple synapses; slug-inspired surgical glue
Dinosaurs’ Shiny Black Feathers
Cristina Luiggi | Mar 9, 2012
A 130 million-year-old winged dinosaur offers scientist the oldest evidence of iridescent feathers.
Color by Number Fossils
Megan Scudellari | Jun 30, 2011
Researchers map pigments in early bird fossils using preserved metallic residues.
Book Excerpt from Living Color
Nina G. Jablonski | Oct 1, 2012
In Chapter 3, "Out of the Tropics," author Nina G. Jablonski, explores the genes behind skin pigmentation and makes the distinction between color and race.
Gene implicated in human pigment variation
Ishani Ganguli(iganguli@the-scientist.com) | Dec 16, 2005
Single nucleotide distinguishes African and European skin colors

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