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Pigment Identified in Ancient Animal Fossils

While fossils allow researchers to determine the size and shape of extinct animals, determining their color was guesswork until now. Scientists from Virginia Tech and the University of Bristol say they’ve been able to discover that two extinct species of 50 million-year-old bats were reddish brown in color based on their fossils. "We have now studied the tissues from fish, frogs, and tadpoles, hair from mammals, feathers from birds, and ink from octopus and squids," said...

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