Dinosaur Colors: Now Officially Redonkulous

By Carl Zimmer | February 4, 2010 2:05 pm

anchiornis illustrationI seem to have ended up as the Dinosaur Feather Color Bureau Chief at the New York Times. After discovering colors in fossil bird feathers, scientists found colors in dinosaurs last week. But this week another group of scientists has got the color pattern across a dinosaur’s entire body.

Imagine: Silver Spangled Hamburgs of the Jurassic!

Image courtesy of National Geographic. Check out their 3-D version.


Comments (4)

  1. John Kwok

    Great article, Carl. Can’t wait to see whether the early tyrannosaurid Dilong from the Liaoning fauna has a similar color scheme (And if so, would it be too much to ask that none other than Tyrannosaurus rex might have had a similar one too. Am reminded of an animated “Star Trek” episode where Kirk, Spock and McCoy are chased by a T. rex-like predator with brightly colored plummage.).

  2. Michael Heath

    Mr. Zimmer,

    I thought you’d like to know that the multimedia link embedded in the NYTs article is the same link as the article, therefore one can’t get to the multimedia presentation.

  3. StevoR

    Whoa! Trippy. 😉

    Dinosaurs in true colour!?

    I. Am. Blown. Away.By. How. A-W-E-S-O-M-E this is. :-)


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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