Colouration in Mesozoic creatures: the list so far(Updated 2017-08-06) - Unnamed nodosaur -> Borealopelta markmitchelli
One of the most promising and interesting breakthroughs in paleontology during later years is that we have been able to study the actual colouration of extinct animals. Close-up studies using microscopes may unveil preserved pigments in exceptional fossils and, though very rarely, sometimes allow us to make educated guesses and infer the color of the animal based on the shapes of pigments in modern animals.
This Journal entry serves as a summary of the animals whose colouration (or part of colouration) we know so far and will be updated with new information and discoveries as we analyze more specimens preserved with pigments. The entries are structured by taxonomix group. Numbers in the text, written like this: , specify which source has been used.
Species with preserved melanosomes not yet interpreted as specific colors include non-avian dinosaurs Ornithomimus, Yixianosau