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"The colour of sea creatures that lived millions of years ago has been revealed by scientists.
Research suggests that three reptiles found in the ancient oceans were near-black.
The international team has found melanin - the light-absorbing pigment that is responsible for colour - preserved in the animals' fossilised skin.
The study is published in the journal Nature.
The lead researcher Johan Lindgren, from Lund University in Sweden, said:
"It's amazing. Suddenly we get this idea of the colour of animals swimming
around millions of years ago."