Meet Anchiornis huxleyi, the first colorized dinosaur

Paleontologists discovered 29 melanosome samples from the body of the 155-million-year-old Anchiornis huxleyi.  By comparing the samples to the feathers and colors of modern birds they were able to map out the dino’s colors, making Anchiornis the first true-color picture of a dinosaur.  Sure, we’ve seen recreations of dinosaurs in color in textbooks, stories, and film.  Difference here is that this is for realz.  Neat, huh?

[Via NatGeo; Gizmodo]

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