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  • n. Any organelle that contains melanin.


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  • The Liaoning project put the team in a unique position to attempt the first melanosome discovery in dinosaurs.

    National Geographic News

  • And no one had used melanosome shape and density to infer color.

    National Geographic News

  • Thomas Holtz agreed, saying it's now up to skeptics "to either prove that internal collagen structures have melanosomes or melanosome-like elements-or to accept that dinosaurs had protofeathers."

    National Geographic News

  • Despite these limitations, the melanosome discoveries appear to mark the dawn of a new era for understanding the role of color in prehistoric worlds.

    National Geographic News

  • We don't even know how melanosome distributions in modern birds lead to specific colours.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • With the pigment long gone in fossils, the shape of the melanosome shows what color it used to be.

    The Seattle Times

  • To figure out the colors of Anchiornis feathers, Mr. Vinther and his colleagues turned to Matthew Shawkey, a University of Akron biologist who has made detailed studies of melanosome patterns in living birds.

    Blah, Blah! Technology

  • To him, it's simply not enough predict colours based on the presence of one type of melanosome.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • Canonical axis 1 is strongly positively associated with melanosome aspect ratio, and axis 2 is strongly positively associated with melanosome density skew.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • The analysis identified properties of melanosome morphology and distribution that predicted color in extant birds and then used these data to predict colors in the fossil sample.

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