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Earth Science

The True Color of Ancient Sea Creatures 44

Posted by samzenpus
from the cool-colors dept.
sciencehabit writes "Looking a bit like a dolphin, but with a long slim snout filled with pointy teeth, one species of ichthyosaur was practically invisible in the murky depths of Jurassic seas, thanks to dark pigmentation that covered its entire body. That's one conclusion of a new study that provides an unprecedented peek at the coloration of sea creatures alive during or soon after the dinosaur era. The approach involves bombarding fossils with charged particles and then analyzing the particles that are knocked from the surface, which reveals remnants of ancient pigments. Dark pigmentation may have helped ichthyosaurs and other predators camouflage themselves in the murky depths while they hunted prey."
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The True Color of Ancient Sea Creatures

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  • Re:Just wow. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Sockatume (732728) on Thursday January 09, 2014 @11:44AM (#45906821)

    When scientists test obvious assumptions, you get people whining about how we should've known that anyway. When scientists don't test obvious assumptions, you get people whining about how we can't possibly know for sure.

    You know what? If you're so good at figuring out what scientists should do, you do it, and I'll go use my advanced degree to play the markets.

    It's all I can do not to stab someone in the eye with a pen when I see them reading those stories in front of me on the bus most mornings.

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