From fossils of insects trapped in amber that lived millions of years ago, researchers have revealed the colours of living things. The colors in nature are truly magnificent. When we look at nature, we see life in almost every color. There is a creature of almost every colour that our eyes see, from creatures with the same grays as stones to species with colorful and shiny feathers. When we look at living things in the past, we don't get much idea of their color. For example, the image that occurs in our minds when we mention dinosaurs is purely conjecture; these creatures could well have been covered in feathers. One of the main reasons for this situation is that the feathers of the fossils are not preserved, nor are their color-like features preserved.
Colors of 99 million year old insects
Researchers from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences revealed the colours of insects that lived almost 100 million years ago in their study. Knowing the colours of living things plays an important role in understanding their behaviour and their place in the ecological order. The study of the colours of these insects, found on earth during the same period as dinosaurs, was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B on July 1. 35 fossils found in Myanmar and in amber were examined in this study. These insects, which appeared to have about the same colors as the species known today as the cuckoo wasps, had metallic blue and Yesil shades, yellowish greens and purples on them. So the bugs are pretty colorful.
Nano cracks gave away colors
Using electron microscopes that can work on very small scales, the researchers uncovered the colours of living things within the fossil. The researchers, who said that the insects have different colors due to the nano-level cracks in their exoskeletons, have been able to examine these textures and patterns to reveal the true colors of the insects. The colors of the insects indicate that living creatures in the area may have taken such a color to hide. Another alternative is that insects have chosen these colors to protect themselves from heat and regulate their temperature. New research will also offer new explanations on this issue.