Extinct animal colours revealed

Pigments detected in fossils, revealing previously unknown colours of extinct animals.
08 October 2015
Presented by Charis Lestrange

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The original colour patterns of ancient animals can be determined through fossils.

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Fossils have long been used to help us piece together the size and shape of extinct animals, but the colours of these animals has, until now, been something of a mystery. Now researchers from the University of Bristol have detected the chemical signatures of the original melanin pigments in ancient bat fossils. Charis Lestrange spoke with Jakob Vinther to hear how...

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