Scientists experiment to find why fossils lose color

07/2/2013 | New Scientist

Scientists are attempting reverse-engineering experiments to determine how and why many ancient species lose their color during fossilization, unlike the iridescent beetle, or weevil, which continues to shimmer in a fossilized state after 49 million years. The researchers use extreme temperature changes, chemicals and pressure to fossilize modern-day insects and feathers to determine the process of color loss.

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