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Mummified skin suggests duck-billed dinosaurs were grey like elephants


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Mummified skin suggests duck-billed dinosaurs were grey like elephants

Life 11 January 2020 By Michael Marshall Duck-billed dinosaurs might have had grey skin like an elephantFabbri et al., PalaeontologyA mummified dinosaur has skin so well preserved that the remains of blood vessels and pigment can be seen, and analysis of the pigment suggests that the animal had dark grey skin. However, it is possible…

Mummified skin suggests duck-billed dinosaurs were grey like elephants


Life



11 January 2020

By Michael Marshall

dinosaur

Duck-billed dinosaurs might have had grey skin like an elephant

Fabbri et al., Palaeontology

A mummified dinosaur has skin so well preserved that the remains of blood vessels and pigment can be seen, and analysis of the pigment suggests that the animal had dark grey skin. However, it is possible that the dinosaur’s skin contained other pigments that haven’t been preserved.

While paintings of dinosaurs often show them with brightly coloured skin, we actually know very little about their true colours. Most dinosaurs are only known from bones and teeth, and in the few cases where their skin has been …

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