For the first time, scientists have been able to spot pigments in fossilized soft tissue — but for now it's only brown and black. This isn't the first time we've seen attempts to color check dinosaurs, but the previous attempts used melanin pigment molecules, which often aren't well preserved. The new research instead looked for trace metals that are associated with eumelanin, the pigment that produces brown and black coloration in feathers and skin. These trace amounts of metal survive far better than the molecules that housed them, and can provide us with information on how the fossilized animals originally looked.
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