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"Ancient vertebrates as never seen before"
« am: 04 Sep 19, 17:55 »

A team of researchers from Ireland, the US and Japan have unveiled incredibly accurate depictions of ancient vertebrates after developing a new way to reconstruct the anatomy of these animals.
The team used cutting-edge synchrotron techniques to analyse the chemistry of fossilized melanosomes from internal organs, allowing them to peer inside the anatomy of the fossils and uncover hidden features.
Until recently, most studies on fossil melanin have focused on the skin and feathers, whereas here the pigment is linked to visible colour.
Unexpectedly, the new study also showed that melanin is abundant in internal organs of modern amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, and their fossil counterparts.



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