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Amber fossils reveal true colors of insects

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Nature is full of colors, from the radiant shine of a peacock's feathers or the bright warning coloration of toxic frogs to the pearl-white camouflage of polar bears.

Usually, fine structural detail necessary for the conservation of color is rarely preserved in the fossil record, making most reconstructions of the fossil dependent upon an artist's imagination.

A research team from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGPAS) has now unlocked the secrets of true coloration in 99-million-year-old insects.

Colors offer many clues about the behavior and ecology of animals.

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-amber-fossils-true-million-year-old-insects.html

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third_eye

Like the peacock I presume... 

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