A color pigment scan of a fossilised, three million old mouse. Image: University of Manchester
Evolution of color revealed in fossilized mouse - life short science news

Scientists have found red pigmet in the fur of a three million year old fossilized mouse.

The chemistry of the pigment shows that the trace metals of the pigment in the mouse fur are bonded to organic chemicals, just like they are in modern day animals with red fur such as foxes.

The combination of techniques used in this study have made it possible to study unstable pigments in fossils, revealing secrets of color evolution, and teaching us how animals have used color for their behavior in the past.

Read the full story: University of Manchester
Scientific publication: Nature Communications