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Jan 17 14 6:55 AM

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Colour of ancient sea creatures revealed

"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."

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