Ancient reptiles saw red before turning red

Gene in birds, turtles linked to both vision and coloration

painted turtle and zebra finch

SEEING RED  A gene shared by western painted turtles and zebra finches points to red color vision, and perhaps red coloration, in dinosaurs.

From left: Nicole Valenzuela; Stuart Dennis

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