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Melanosomes in extant frogs. a–v Histological sections stained with Fontana-Masson; melanosomes (and aggregates of melanosomes) appear black. Insets in f and v show isolated melanosomes. w–al Scanning electron micrographs. Scale bar in a, 20 µm, and same scale in a–v; scale bar in w, 2 µm, and same scale in w–al

New sources of melanin pigment shake up ideas about fossil animals’ colour

Numerous ongoing investigations of fossil color have expected that fossilized granules of melanin – melanosomes – originate from the skin. In any case, new...

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