It can be hard to imagine the past, animals as living and real, when you consider a flat dinosaurfossil in earthy tones.
Although pigmentanalyser has made it possible for paleontologists gradually to say more about what colors the past, creatures had, is these insects from the cretaceous period anyway something very special.
Here we need not imagine, how the past looked, writes the media Gizmodo according to the Science.com where you can view more beautiful photos of the ancient insects.
the Insects that are found in a ravmine in Myanmar, has the most incredible metallic colours – blue, purple, green.
To determine the colors are not just exciting for our imagination, but also something that can reveal how the behaviour of the animals was for almost a hundred million years ago.
they Used their flamboyant appearance to scare enemies away or attract lean? It was useful kamuflage, or helped the colors perhaps to regulate body temperature?
Especially with kamuflage can reveal how the environment and, ultimately, the ecosystem might be in ancient time.
Chinese scientists from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology examined the 35 brightly colored ravfossiler with insects from the cretaceous period embedded in the golden resin that solidified for 99 million years ago.
- The types that have been preserved in the fossils, called structural colors, " explains professor Pan Yanhong, a co-author on the study, to Gizmodo, according to the Science.dk.
In nature, found three types: bioluminescente, pigments, and so structural colors, which are often very intense and metallic.
- the Surface nano-structures sharing the light at specific wavelengths, which produce very intense colors, explains Pan Yanhong to Gizmodo, according to Science.dk.
in Order to test whether the colors originated from the nanostrukturerne and thus reflected how the animals actually looked like when they lived, used the researchers an electron microscope.
Our observations indicate strongly that the color you see in the ravfossilerne probably is the same, you would have seen on live insects for 99 million years ago, tells the researchers in the study, writes Gizmodo according to the Science.dk.
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