Skin pigmentation provides evidence of convergent melanism in extinct marine reptiles

@article{Lindgren2014SkinPP,
  title={Skin pigmentation provides evidence of convergent melanism in extinct marine reptiles},
  author={J. Lindgren and P. Sj{\"o}vall and Ryan M. Carney and P. Uvdal and J. Gren and G. Dyke and B. Schultz and M. Shawkey and K. R. Barnes and M. Polcyn},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2014},
  volume={506},
  pages={484-488}
}
  • J. Lindgren, P. Sjövall, +7 authors M. Polcyn
  • Published 2014
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
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