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Re: PALEONEWS: Did dinosaurs come in different colors?
In a message dated 12/9/99 11:08:10 PM Pacific Standard Time,
<< This summer I got to see what appear to be preserved dinosaur
*stripes*, believe it or not, one of the few cases I know of any truly
ancient animals preserving a coloration pattern. >>
There is a specimen of the mosasaur, Platecarpus, from the Niobrara Chalk
of Kansas at the Los Angeles Museum, that preserves scales and a possible
pattern. JD Stewart presented a paper on this at SVP back in Albuquerque '93.
I haven't seen it and I don't think anything's been published yet, but I
believe it was rather "blotched". I wonder if Czerkas used it for the pattern
in his life-sized model of same at the New Mexico Museum.
A little avain dinosaur also tells me Caudipteryx preserves a striped
pattern. Insects also. Dan Varner.