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Re: Ammonite Color

On Sun, Jan 9th, 2011 at 4:35 PM, "A. Gaeta" <dinoqueen@gmail.com> wrote:

> I remember reading somewhere that the scientific community made some
> sort of discovery about the color of ammonites. I read that the
> specimen observed was a dark, vivid red in life, which implies that
> ammonites may have been deep sea dwellers. Since then, I haven't seen
> anything relating to that theory. Could someone perhaps point me to a
> reading on this subject, or possibly confirm the existence of this
> theory?

This is probably discussed in the following paper:

Parker, A.R. 2000 "515 Million Years of Structural Colour". Journal of Optics 
A: Pure and Applied 
Optics 2(6).
Abstract: http://iopscience.iop.org/1464-4258/2/6/201


Diffraction grating studies have provided a lot of colour information for 
extinct animals over the 
years, with Andrew Parker being one of the more prolific authors. See also:

Parker, A.R., 1998 Colour in Burgess Shale animals and the effect of light on 
evolution in the 
Cambrian. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences 265: 

Parker, A.R., 1995 Discovery of functional iridescence and its coevolution with 
eyes in the 
phylogeny of Ostracoda (Crustacea). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: 
Sciences 262: 349-355.

Vinther, J., Briggs, D. E. G., Prum, R. O, Saranathan, V. 2008. The colour of 
fossil feathers. Biology 
Letters 4: 522-525

Vinther,  J., Briggs, D. E. G., Clarke, J., Mayr, G.,  and Prum, R. O. 2010. 
Structural colouration in 
a fossil feather. Biology Letters. 6: 128-131


Dann Pigdon
Spatial Data Analyst               Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj