Birds got their colourful eggs from dinosaur ancestors

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    ‘Like feathers and wishbones, we now know that egg colour evolved in their dinosaur predecessors long before birds appeared’

    Patterns discovered on dinosaur eggs have revealed that the brightly coloured shells seen in birds today have an ancient origin.

    Birds are the only modern animals that produce colourful eggshells.
    Covered with a huge range of markings and shades using a combination of just two pigments – red and blue.

    The discovery of these pigments in the fossilised eggshells of dinosaurs similar to Velociraptor suggests they first emerged in members of this lineage before some of them evolved into birds.

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