A fossilized snake shows its true colors

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 18:40 in Biology & Nature

Ten million years ago, a green and black snake lay coiled in the Spanish undergrowth. Once, paleontologists would have been limited by its colorless fossil remains, but now they know what the snake looked like and can guess how it acted. Researchers have discovered that some fossils can retain evidence of skin color from multiple pigments and structural colors, aiding research into the evolution and function of color.

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