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Beetle find is one of the oldest colored fossils

Beetle find is one of the oldest colored fossils
trefwoorden: kever - fossiel - 50 miljoen jaar
Paleontologists are used to drab brown and gray fossils. Sediments that seep in to cast the shape of ancient organisms in stone, determine the color.
Instead, long-gone beasts and the ancient worlds they inhabited, spring to life in the depths of these scientists' imaginations.
Now under exceptional circumstances, scientists have uncovered and explained a 50-million-year-old beetle fossil that still retains the bright blue metallic hue it sported in life. This beetle and others from the same site, are very rare examples of fossils that retain any original color, and are the oldest colored fossils ever found.

Lees verder bij: National Geographic News (18 augustus 2003)