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Nearly two years ago I made this post, about a news story covering a new method that scientists might be able to use to discover the colour of dinosaurs.

And now this. Actual dinosaur colours. Using that same process, the study of tiny structures called melanosomes, they've been able to figure out that Sinosauropteryx had orange tail feathers. Orange and white stripes in fact.

This may be the greatest news story ever. No, strike that. I think this is the greatest news story ever.



How it really looked. A real dinosaur, with actual colours. This is so awesome.

Now please let's not find out that T. rex was pink.

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seal_girl
Jan. 28th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
I *love* this too.
swordznsorcery
Jan. 28th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
It's so amazing, isn't it.
aeshna_uk
Jan. 28th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
I saw this on the BBC news yesterday and thought of you. :)
swordznsorcery
Jan. 28th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
It is such an incredible story. :) I love it when science does something truly awesome.
aeshna_uk
Feb. 4th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
swordznsorcery
Feb. 4th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! Thanks for that. I'd missed that one.

I love the paragraph halfway down. "If you were a dinosaur, and you wanted to evolve flight..." That's such a great image. Lots of animals all getting together in groups to discuss how they want to evolve. :)
aeshna_uk
Feb. 4th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
Ah, the evolutionary roots of "the committee" run deep indeed.... ;)
eandh99
Jan. 28th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
I like the dinos in your pic - orange feathers AND jazz hands. Did you see the news that Lee is going to be playing Fiyero in the Spring?
swordznsorcery
Jan. 28th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
I had no idea, no. "Wicked", yes? I should think he'll have some fun doing that.
eandh99
Jan. 28th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
whatsonstage had the news.
swordznsorcery
Jan. 28th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
The "Wicked" website lists the new cast that will be doing the show with him. It also says that he's taking over from Lewis! I hope the poor boy has improved some, in that case, as I'd have doubts about him holding his own against some of the names in that cast. Lee, yes. Lewis, no...

The Wizard is to be played by Clive Carter, who stole the show for me in the original production of "We Will Rock You". He played the bad guy, and his voice was stunning.
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