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Re: skin colour



>A couple of interesting examples of coloration from the fossil record.
>Neither Mesozoic, nor dinosaurian, but perhaps a hint that dino
>collectors and preparators might look a bit more closely...?
>
>Schindewolf, O.H.  1993.  Basic Questions in Paleontology (transl. J.
>Schaefer, ed. W.-E. Reif).  Univ. Chicago Press.  Plate 14B shows variety
>of pigment cells in Eocene frog skin, indicative of green coloration in life.
>
>Grande, L.  1984.  Bull. geol. Surv. Wyoming, 63: 1-333.  Many nice
>illustrations, mainly fishes, but including crocodilian with
>colour pattern preserved.
>
>If crocs and frogs, then why not dinosaurs?
>
>Tony Thulborn

Tony et al -

        Well, if we're only interested in color _patterns_ (not the colors
themselves), let's not then forget the feathers attributed to the
Cretaceous bird _Ambiortus_, many of which are preserved in such exquisite
detail that the color pattern of individual feathers is preserved.


Jerry D. Harris
Denver Museum of Natural History
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OOO f the Earth's many creatures, not all did survive.
O   O Only those that adapted are today still alive!
OOO Those that couldn't -- or wouldn't -- are with us no more:
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